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The Nobles’ Rebellion

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In the mid-12th century, with the adoption of Roman Law, and the elimination of traditional privileges, the monarchy went from being a feudal institution with very limited powers, which only sustained itself with the support of the nobles, to a more centralizing and powerful institution. The first signs of political disagreement between Alfonso and the Castilian nobility took place during an incident narrated in the Crónica de Alfonso X. Alfonso, however, would pay dearly for his generosity towards his grandson, for this would be the last straw that unleashed the nobles' rebellion. Alfonso's true concern during his sojourn in Murcia was, on the one hand, to obtain the imperial crown, and on the other, the possible and feared alliance of the king of Granada, his usual enemy, with the two other Muslim rulers of Málaga and Guadix, who had been on his side up to that point.

Keywords: Alfonso X; Murcian sojourn; nobles' rebellion; royal power



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