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Alfonso, King Of The Romans

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The support of Pisa and Marseille, of the king of Norway, and in particular the good news coming from Rome made Alfonso optimistic about the possibility of obtaining the imperial crown. Under Alfonso's protection, Seville became the most important cultural and commercial city of the kingdom. Brunetto Latini was not the only distinguished foreigner to visit Alfonso in Seville. Between the end of 1262 and the beginning of 1263, the empress of Constantinople, Mary of Brienne, arrived in Seville. Following the conquest of Niebla, and as part of his policy to recover the African coasts for the purpose of an African crusade, Alfonso requested his tributary, the King of Granada, to deliver to him the cities of Algeciras and Tarifa, which allowed direct access to the Strait.

Keywords: Alfonso; Constantinople; King of Granada; Niebla; Rome; Seville



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