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The Last Wills Of Alfonso X

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On November 8, 1283, Alfonso drafted his first will. It is a complex document because it attempts to justify the change in the terms of succession he made in order to favor don Sancho, against what he had determined in his previous legislation, where he had favored the de la Cerda princes. The second will fundamentally confirms the arrangements of the previous will in the matter of succession, but it does not specifically mention Alfonso de la Cerda as successor, nor the possibility that his kingdoms would be handed over to Philip III of France, in case the de la Cerda princes were unable to inherit them. Alfonso X was probably the most frequently depicted king of the entire Middle Ages. Scholars of Alfonsine iconography divide his portraits into two main categories: images of dedication or presentation and images of the king as troubadour.

Keywords: Alfonsine iconography; Alfonso X; don Sancho

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