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The Wise King Read & Download ì 4 ☆ An illuminating biography of Alfonso X the 13th century philosopher king whose affinity for Islamic culture left an indelible mark on Western civilization If I had been present at the Creation the thirteenth century Spanish philosopher king Alfonso X is said to have stated Many faults in the universe would haveRation for Spain's rich Islamic culture paved the way for the European Renaissance In 1252 when Alfonso replaced his militaristic father on the throne of Castile and Leóthe battle to reconuer Muslim territory on the Iberian Peninsula was raging fiercely But even as he led his Christian soldiers onto the battlefield Alfonso was seduced by the glories of Muslim Spain His engagement with the Arabic speaking culture of the South shaped his pursuit of astronomy for which he was famed for centuries and his profoundly humane vision of the world which Dante Petrarch and later Italian humanists would inherit A composer of lyric verses and patro. I just couldn't get into this one This book is doing two things at once On the face of it the book describes the life and times of King Alfonso X of Castile and Leon Beyond that it uses his life to examine some deeper culturalsocial ways of the era There is a section on falconry a section on how kings used the image of laughter to help out a section on how people viewed friendship in courtly circles and so on Typically each chapter uses a phase of Alfonso's life to describe one of these facets of late Medieval society Sometimes it's interesting but it just never seemed to mesh Also the stuff on Alfonso X just seemed to get in the way I liked the stuff on the era but never much cared for the guy whose life is supposedly anchoring itAlso I didn't really see this as the birth of the Renaissance Doubleday notes how the timeplace helped lead to the early Renaissance but that seemed a bit forced All throughout I felt it was High Middle Ages So that was also a little annoying the material didn't match the supposed topic

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An illuminating biography of Alfonso X the 13th century philosopher king whose affinity for Islamic culture left an indelible mark on Western civilization If I had been present at the Creation the thirteenth century Spanish philosopher king Alfonso X is said to have stated Many faults in the universe would have been avoided Known as El Sabio the Wise Alfonso was renowned by friends and enemies alike for his sparkling intellect and extraordinary cultural achievements In The Wise King celebrated historian Simon R Doubleday traces the story of the king's life and times leading us deep into his emotional world and showing how his intense admi. I've long been interested in medieval history and I have a family link to Spain so I was very excited when I encountered this book I did learn things I hadn't known before mainly about the content of medieval manuscripts such as The Book of Stones But I found the tone of the book odd neither scholarly nor popular I was hoping for a bit information about Las Cantigas de Santa Maria a collection of songs that are a hallmark of Alfonso's cultured reign and they are mentioned freuently but I think you almost have to already know what they are to recognize their important to Alfonso's story It's probably impossible to do justice to Alfonso or any important person from the 13th century in such a relatively short book 338 pages with illustrations For me the book isn't always successful but the author should be commended for trying to reach a lay audience with a book about such a remote historical period

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The Wise KingN of works on board games hunting and the properties of stones Alfonso is best known today for his Cantigas de Santa Maríi Songs of Holy Mary which offer a remarkable window onto his world His ongoing struggles as a king and as a man were distilled in art music literature and architecture into something sublime that speaks to us powerfully across the centuries An intimate biography of the Spanish ruler in whom two cultures converged The Wise King introduces readers to a Renaissance man before his time whose creative energy in the face of personal turmoil and existential threats to his kingdom would transform the course of Western histo. Just read Chapter 3 Stargazers