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Alfonso X, the Wise
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(Nov 26, 1221, Toledo – Apr 4, 1284, Seville), king of Castile and Leon from 1252 to 1284. As the grandson of Philip of Swabia, he claimed the Hohenstaufen throne and embarked on an imperialistic policy embracing the entire Mediterranean region. His political ambitions came to nothing; he was more important as a lawgiver who sought to create a uniform code of law for Castile, historian (he wrote or directed the writing of a history of Spain, Estoria de España, and a universal history, Grande e general estoria), and promoter of astronomy, music, and poetry (427 Cantigas de S.…

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Köpf, Ulrich, “Alfonso X, the Wise”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00413>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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