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History and the Historians of Medieval Spain$
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Peter Linehan

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198219453

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198219453.001.0001

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Difficult Years

Difficult Years

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History and the Historians of Medieval Spain

Peter Linehan

Oxford University Press

Sancho IV's attachment to Toledo was a special case. Toledo was not to every king's taste. Its precipitous streets and angular inhabitants made it an unsuitable centre for kings less than fully in control of events, as was the case for most of the forty years after Sancho's death. The prospect of finding the gates barred and themselves locked out of the city or, worse, locked in, caused them to be chary of the city on the Tagus. And because they were not afflicted by the complaint that had driven Sancho to seek solace there, they could afford to stay away. Despite the fact that by 1301 its new cathedral was approaching completion, therefore, after April 1295 Toledo's fortunes declined, and declined sharply.

Keywords:   Toledo, Sancho IV, cathedral, clergy, matrimonial practices, self-determination

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