In 1148, Pope Eugene III sent a most unusual, but not unprecedented gift to the Emperor of León, Alfonso VII. The Golden Rose had been given only once before but marked the quality of the shift in relations between Rome and the Leonese Empire.
The complex relationship between Alfonso VII and Rome marked one of the major changes witnessed during his reign. Although it was only a single material marker, the gift of the Golden Rose to the Leonese Emperor makes for a singular entryway into the larger history of Alfonso VII and his world.
This episode is lectured by Doctor Kyle C. Lincoln who many of you will be familiar with as the recipient of the Lone Medievalist Teaching Prize for 2019! This is the first episode of a three part series and I am really excited to be here as Dr. Lincoln guides us into the complicated society and world that is Medieval Iberia.
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KING ALFONSO VIII OF CASTILE : GOVERNMENT, FAMILY, AND WAR
Edited by Miguel Gómez, Kyle C. Lincoln and Damian J. Smith
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