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The Resource Alfonso X of Castile-León : royal patronage, self-promotion and manuscripts in thirteenth-century Spain, Kirstin Kennedy

Alfonso X of Castile-León : royal patronage, self-promotion and manuscripts in thirteenth-century Spain, Kirstin Kennedy

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Alfonso X of Castile-León : royal patronage, self-promotion and manuscripts in thirteenth-century Spain
Title
Alfonso X of Castile-León
Title remainder
royal patronage, self-promotion and manuscripts in thirteenth-century Spain
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Kirstin Kennedy
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Language
eng
Summary
Alfonso X 'the Learned' of Castile (1252-1284) was praised in his lifetime as a king who devoted himself to discovering all worldly and divine knowledge. He commissioned chronicles and law codes and composed poems to the Virgin Mary, he gathered together Jewish scholars to translate works of Arab astrology and astronomy, and he founded a university of Latin and Arabic studies at Seville. Moreover, according to his nephew Juan Manuel, Alfonso was careful to ensure that 'he had leisure to look into things he wanted for himself'. The level of his personal involvement in this literary activity marks him out as an exceptional patron in any period. However, Alfonso's relationship with the arts also had much in common with that of other thirteenth-century European royal patrons, among them his first cousin, Louis IX of France. Like his contemporaries, he relentlessly used literary works as a vehicle to promote his royal status and advance his claim to the imperial crown. His motivation for the foundation of the university at Seville was arguably political rather than educational, and instead of promoting institutional learning during his reign, Alfonso preferred to direct the messages about his kingship in the lavish manuscripts he patronized to a restricted, courtly audience. Yet such was the interest of the works he commissioned, that those who could obtain copies did so, even if these were still incomplete drafts. Three codices traditionally held to have been copied for Alfonso in fact show how this learning reserved for the few began to filter out beyond the Learned King's immediate circle
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Kennedy, Kirstin
Dewey number
946.02092
Index
index present
LC call number
DP140.3
LC item number
.K466 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Church, faith, and culture in the Medieval West
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  • Alfonso
  • Authors and patrons
  • Books and reading
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Alfonso X of Castile-León : royal patronage, self-promotion and manuscripts in thirteenth-century Spain, Kirstin Kennedy
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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CR9789048541386
Extent
1 online resource (228 pages)
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online
Isbn
9789048541386
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • c
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digital, PDF file(s).
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remote
Label
Alfonso X of Castile-León : royal patronage, self-promotion and manuscripts in thirteenth-century Spain, Kirstin Kennedy
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 20 Nov 2020)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9789048541386
Extent
1 online resource (228 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789048541386
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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