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Conclusion In Praise Of Knowledge

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In the narrative of Alfonso's life, his actions and the creation of his most important works, his biography has also touched upon numerous topics that unmistakably identify Alfonso's reign with the beginning of many novelties that would gradually become part of European culture. Alfonso X has been termed the Learned and the Stupor mundi ("the wonder of the world"), not only because of the impressive number of works credited to him that he has left the world, but also and primarily because of the passion for learning that accompanied him his entire life. It is not known to what extent Alfonso as a Christian thinker wanted to introduce Aristotelian philosophy into theology, as was being done by the Scholastics of his time, by establishing a relation between knowledge and sanctifying grace, but in the General Estoria, the two concepts appear frequently.

Keywords: Alfonso X; Alfonso's knowledge; Aristotelian philosophy; Christian thinker; European culture; General Estoria; Stupor mundi

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