Bibliography for Los Nefilim

A few of you have expressed an interest in seeing some of the books I've used for research. Most of the titles listed here are historical in nature, much to the disappointment of my demonology fans, I'm sure. Still, those of you who enjoy exploring alternative belief systems might find some interesting information under the Religion heading. You will also see some overlap between this bibliography and the one I used for Miserere.

I've only listed books and none of the periodical articles that I used. The links will take you to the University of Arkansas and their wonderful Library of Iberian Resources Online (LIBRO).

I have placed a new widget in the sidebar with links to the bibliographies for both Miserere and my Los Nefilim series. That way, when this post slides out of sight, you'll still be able to find a link to the pages.

The only history I will caution you about is Boswell's Same-sex Unions in Pre-modern Europe. Portions of Boswell's conclusions have been called into question, a fact that Boswell himself didn't dispute prior to his death. I've left it on my list, because I think it is an interesting work, and also illustrates how even the best scholars can read their own prejudices into historical documents.

Why the focus on the Medieval period if Los Nefilim takes place during the Spanish Civil War?

Guillermo, Diago, and Miquel are the oldest of Los Nefilim, and they met in 1348. That meeting is a story unto itself, but suffice to say that their attitudes were shaped during this period. While they have learned to adjust to the social and political changes around them, Los Nefilim's hierarchical system remains more or less unchanged over the centuries. Fealty and vows are taken with the same solemnity as the oaths from the Spain's medieval period.

This is an unannotated bibliography; however, if time allows, I'll go back and add annotations.


Blackmore, Josiah. Queer Iberia: sexualities, cultures, and crossings from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Durham: Duke University Press, 1999.

Boswell, John. Same-sex unions in pre-modern Europe. New York: Vintage, 1995.

Goodrich, Michael. The unmentionable vice: homosexuality in the later Medieval period. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, Inc., 1979.


Bishko, Charles Julian. Studies in Medieval Spanish frontier history. Variourum Reprints, 1980.

Chaytor, Henry J. A history of Aragon and Catalonia. Methuen, 1933.

Constable, Olivia Remie, ed. Medieval Iberia: readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish resources. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Garza, Randal P. Understanding plague: the medical and imaginative texts of Medieval Spain. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.

Netanyahu, Benzion. The origins of the Inquisition in fifteenth century Spain. New York: Random House, 1995.

Powers, James F. A society organized for war: the Iberian municipal militias in the central Middle Ages, 1000-1284. University of California Press, 1988.

Scott, S.P., trans. The Visigothic Code (Forum iudicum). Boston Book Company, 1910.


Beevor, Antony. The battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. New York: Penguin Publishing Group, 2006.

Brenan, Gerald. The Spanish labyrinth: an account of the social and political background of the Spanish Civil War. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Buckley, Henry. The life and death of the Spanish Republic: a witness to the Spanish Civil War. London: I.B. Tauris & Company, Limited, 2014. 

Preston, Paul. The Spanish Civil War: reaction, revolution, revenge. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2007.

Preston, Paul. The Spanish Holocaust: inquisition and extermination in twentieth-century Spain. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013.

Yglesias, Jose. The Franco years: the untold human story of life under Spanish fascism. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1977.


Charlesworth, James H. The Old Testament pseudepigrapha: apocalyptic literature & testaments. New York: Doubleday, 1983.

Charlesworth, James H. The Old Testament pseudepigrapha: expansions of the “Old Testament” and legends, wisdom and philosophical literature, prayers, psalms and odes, fragments of lost Judeo-Hellenistic works. New York: Doubleday, 1983.

Christian, William A., Jr. Apparitions in late Medieval and Renaissance SpainPrinceton University Press, 1981.

Ginzberg, Louis. The legends of the Jews. Vols. 1-7. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1937.

Glick, Thomas F. Islamic and Christian Spain in the early Middle Ages. Princeton University Press, 1979.

Hale, Susan Elizabeth. Sacred space, sacred sound: the acoustic mysteries of holy places. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2007.

Maggi, Armando. In the company of demons: unnatural beings, love, and identity in the Italian Renaissance. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

McKenna, Stephen. Paganism and pagan survivals in Spain up to the fall of the Visigothic Kingdom. Catholic University of America Press, 1938.

Pagels, Elaine. Adam, Eve, and the serpent. New York: Random House, 1988.

Wolf, Kenneth Baxter. Christian martyrs in Muslim SpainCambridge University Press, 1988.


Martorell, Joanot (trans. David H. Rosenthal). Tirant Lo Blanc. New York: Schocken Books, 1984.

Rodriguez de Montalvo, Garci (trans. Edwin B. Place and Herbert C. Behm). Amadis of Gaul: a novel of chivalry of the 14th Century presumably first written in Spanish. Lexington, KY: The University of Kentucky.

Ruiz, Juan (trans. Elisha K. Kane). The Book of Good Love of the Archpriest of Hita, Juan Ruiz. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2001.