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The Dissolution Of The Moorish Guard

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Reactions to the presence of the Moorish guard at court grew stronger and became more frequent throughout the reign of Enrique IV. Given that most of the Moorish knights were no longer even Muslims by 1464, a call for the dissolution of the corps of guards made little apparent sense at this time. It therefore seems reasonable to assume that there must have been other motives for such a direct attack by the league of nobles on the sovereigns personal guard. The chapter also highlights two clear signs of the disappearance of the Moorish guard: firstly, the presence of unconverted knights among the Castilian Mudejars, and secondly the indications in the records concerning the assimilation of baptised knights and their descendants in the spheres of society occupied by the Old Christians.

Keywords: Castilian Mudejars; Enrique IV; Moorish knights



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