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The Moorish Knights, From The Frontier To The Court

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In the 15th century, Castile was the only peninsular Christian kingdom which bordered on the lands of Islam; Aragón also sought to play a central role in diplomatic relations with Granada because of its interests in the Mediterranean region. Chronicles of the period constantly stress the importance of Castilian raids on Nasrid territory. The situation of conflict within Castile during the early 15th century made it more difficult to kindle desire for war against Granada, and, as in the 14th century, there were very few calls for holy war against Islam. However, there were three periods of Christian campaigning personally led by the Castilian crown. The battle of La Higueruela left a unique graphic document on the makeup of the Castilian royal army and the role played in it by the Moorish knights.

Keywords: Castile; Granada; La Higueruela; Moorish Knights; Nasrid territory



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