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The Quest For The Imperial Crown

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Alfonso's connection with the Roman-Germanic Empire and his claim to the imperial crown came via his mother's lineage, for she was the heiress to the Duchy of Swabia, where future emperors had stemmed from. The Duchy of Swabia was part of the inheritance received by Beatriz from Philip of Swabia. Alfonso's meeting with the Pisans at Soria was advantageous for Castile in many respects. New cultural interests emerged as a result of the new relations with the Pisans and the Lombards, for it is believed that at this time the first Italian "notaries" arrived at Alfonso's court. One of the most important international events following Alfonso's nomination as "King of the Romans" was the marriage of Princess Christina, daughter of Haakon IV of Norway, to a brother of the king of Castile, Prince Felipe.

Keywords: Alfonso X; Duchy of Swabia; imperial crown; Pisans; Roman-Germanic empire



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