Sunday, May 25, 2008

Spain and Portugal handbook for travellers By Karl Baedeker (Firm)

On this date in our family history . . . the 25th day of May . . . in the year 1085 . . . Alfonso VI of Castile takes Toledo back from the Moors and establishes direct personal control over the Moorish city from which he has been exacting tribute, and ending the mediaeval Taifa's Kingdom of Toledo . . . this is the first concrete step taken by the combined kingdom of Leon-Castile in the Reconquista by Christian forces . . . this King of Leon and Castile, who proclaimed himself Emperor of All Hispania, is a 25th great-grandpa (via both his daughter, Urraca, as well as his daughter, Teresa) to Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

Spain and Portugal handbook for travellers By Karl Baedeker (Firm): "In Uixtnry Toledo flrst appears as the capital of the brave Carpelani Livy xxxv 7 mentions Toletum as a email town but strong on account of its situation which was taken by the Romans in BC 192 Under the VISIGOTHS whose king Athanagild transferred his court hither in 5 J7 Toledo became the centre of the religious and political struggles between the Arians and the Catholics Numerous church councils were held here On the conversion of King Reccared p xzxviii to orthodox Catholicism in 687 the Catholic clergy obtained the prominent position which they have since held in Spanish politics The city walls date from the reign of Wtiiuba 678 For nearly four centuries 712 1085 Tolailota was one of the chief strongholds of the Моовз at first under an Kmir subsidiary to the Caliph of Cordova and ultimately 103"

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