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Alfonso X, the Learned: A Biography (H Salvador Martinez) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2010) 9789004181472
Alfonso X, the Learned: A Biography (H Salvador Martinez) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2010) 9789004181472
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Title: Alfonso X, the Learned: A Biography

Author: Martinez, H Salvador

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004181472

Volumes: 1; Pages: 616

List Price in Cloth: $191.00 Our price: $161.99

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Recent publications about King Alfonso X have tended to focus on his role as monarch in the context of the institutions of the realm. This book, however, emphasizes the human dimension of this extraordinary figure. Drawing on King Alfonso's own works and on extensive archival sources, both well-known and neglected, Salvador Mart�nez brings to life a king who valued the possession of knowledge above all earthly riches. The 'Learned King' left a vast legacy of work, which would influence developments in both Spain and Europe, most significantly in the transfer of knowledge from the Arabs to the Christian West. With his intellectual curiosity and his pursuit of wisdom, Alfonso X is a towering figure at the origins of modernity. Table of ContentsAbbreviationsList of IllustrationsColour PlatesIntroduction: The 'Alfonsine Era'1. The Apprenticeship of a Great King2. A Prince's Education3. Alfonso King4. The Quest for the Imperial Crown5. Alfonso, King of the Romans6. Gregory X and the End of Imperial Ambitions7. Illness and Intellectual Pursuits8. The Black Decade (1269-1279)9. The Nobles' Rebellion10. Desnaturaci�n11. The Problems of Succession12. Don Sancho is Declared Successor13. Deposition and Civil War14. Don Sancho Seeks the Consolidation of Power: The Curse15. The Last Wills of Alfonso XConclusion: In Praise of KnowledgeBibliographyIndex of Names
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