Name: Alfonso VII of León and Castile 1
Title: King, el Emperador
ALIA: Alfonso Raimundez
Birth: 01 MAR 1105 in Toledo, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain 1
Death: 21 AUG 1157 in La Fresneda, Teruel, Aragon, Spain 1
Birth: 01 MAR 1105 in Caldas de Reyes, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain
Death: 21 AUG 1157 in Sierra Morena, Spain
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.
Berengaria of Barcelona b: ABT 1116 in of Barcelona, Spain
- Constance of Castile b: 1140 in Castile
- Sancho III of Castile b: 1134
- Ferdinand II of León b: 1137 in Of Leon, Spain
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Text: Record for Constance of Castile