King Alfonso VIII of Castile: Government, Family and War brings together a diverse group of scholars whose work concerns the reign of Alfonso VIII of Castile (1158-1215). This was a critical period in the history of the Iberian Peninsula: it was in these years that the conflict between the Christian north and the Moroccan empire of the Almohads, which dominated the south, was at its most intense. It was also in these same years that the political divisions and warfare between the five Christian kingdoms reached its high-water mark. From his troubled ascension as a child, to his victory at Las Navas de Tolosa near the end of his 57-year reign, Alfonso VIII and his kingdom were the at epicenter of many of the most dramatic events of the era and reflected its challenging dynamics. The historians in this volume take up these events and challenges. Topics covered include the image and ideas of kingship promoted by Alfonso VIII's chancery; the king's economic policies, and in particular the use of coinage to promote the kingdom of Castile; the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, perhaps the most famous event in the long reign of Alfonso VIII, as well as the king's lengthy career as a crusader; the growth of the military orders during Alfonso's reign, and their relationship to royal government; the remarkably amicable relationship between Alfonso VIII and Pedro II of Aragon; the king's relationship with the papacy; the intersection of Latin Christian, Arab Christian, and Islamic thought in Toledo during Alfonso's rule; a prosopographical study of the Castilian episcopate during Alfonso's reign; the family of the king and his wife, and the role their many daughters played in dynastic and political projects; and the oft-contested Infantazgo region along the borders of Castile and Leon.
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
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