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Linguistic and Cultural Diversity of Medieval Iberia, 900-1500

The following maps show the various cultural and linguistic groups that made up medieval Iberia between 900 A.D. and 1500 A.D. It should be noted, however, that this labels areas where each group was dominant and is not a reflection of uniformity of any given area. For example, Romance (in all its variations) continued to be spoken in regions where Arabic was dominant for much of this period, just as Arabic was spoken in regions where Romance was dominant throughout the Middle Ages. In fact, for most of this period, many people were either bilingual or trilingual. Muslims, Christians, and Jews belonged to every single category that is identified in the map throughout the medieval period.

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