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The Black Decade (1269–1279)

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The illness at Montpellier is remembered in a splendid illustration of the Florence Codex of the Cantigas. In early January 1276, Alfonso began with renewed interest to take up the matters of state, going first to Toledo. The scene the CAX locates in Camarena actually took place in Toledo on January 4. The Florence codex, as is known, is an extremely valuable source of knowledge on the daily life of Alfonso's court and of peninsular society in the 13th century. In the period from his return from Beaucaire in July 1275 to his departure from Valladolid after his cure on April 17, 1278, there were two long gaps with little public activity due to the two serious illnesses he suffered, first in Vitoria (1275-76), and then the relapses in Burgos and Valladolid.

Keywords: Alfonso's court; Burgos; Florence codex; Valladolid



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