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About Teofilo Ruiz

Teofilo Ruiz teaches medieval history at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written a number of books including A Social History of Spain, 1400-1600 (Longman, 2001), From Heaven to Earth: the reordering of Castilian Society in the Late Middle Ages (Princeton University Press, 2004), The Terror of History (Princeton, 2011) and A King Travels (Princeton, 2012). In February 2012, he was awarded the 2011 National Humanities Medal for his erudite studies and inspired teaching and writing. 

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