Person:Alfonso VII of León & Castile (1)

Alfonso VII Raimundez , of León & Castile
b.1 Mar 1104/5 Castile, Spain
Facts and Events
Name Alfonso VII Raimundez , of León & Castile
Gender Male
Marriage 1094 to Elvira of Castile, Queen of Sicily
Birth? 1 Mar 1104/5 Castile, Spain
Alt Birth? 1 Mar 1105 Caldas Del Rey, Galicia, Spain
Other? House of Ivrea
Marriage Nov 1128 Saldaña, Palencia, Castilla y León, Spainto Berenguela of Barcelona
Other Marriage Ending Status Divorce
with Berenguela of Barcelona
Marriage  Cohabitation without marriage formalities?  
to Gontrada Perez
Marriage 1152 Spainto Richeza of Poland
Other Marriage Ending Status Divorce
with Richeza of Poland
Death? 21 Aug 1157 La Fresneda,Teruel,Aragon,
Burial? Toledo, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, SpainCathedral of Santa Maria


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Alfonso VII (1 March 1105 – 21 August 1157), born Alfonso Raimúndez, called the Emperor (el Emperador), became the King of Galicia in 1111 and King of León and Castile in 1126. Alfonso first used the title Emperor of All Spain, alongside his mother Urraca, once his mother vested him with the direct rule of Toledo in 1116. Alfonso later held another investiture in 1135 in a grand ceremony reasserting his claims to the Imperial title. He was the son of Urraca of León and Raymond of Burgundy, the first of the House of Burgundy to rule in the Iberian peninsula.

Alfonso was a dignified and somewhat enigmatic figure. His rule was characterised by the renewed supremacy of the western kingdoms of Christian Iberia over the eastern (Navarre and Aragón) after the reign of Alfonso the Battler. He also sought to make the imperial title meaningful in practice, though his attempts to rule over both Christian and Muslim populations was even less successful. His hegemonic intentions never saw fruition, however. During his tenure, Portugal became de facto independent, in 1128, and was recognized as de jure independent, in 1143. He was a patron of poets, including, probably, the troubadour Marcabru.

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References
  1.   Alfonso VII of León, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
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