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Альфонсо Х в отражении средневековой историографии: конец XIII - начало XIV вв.

Исторический вестник. 2015. Т. 12. С. 316-353.

This article analyzes various information about the personality and the reign of Alfonso X the Wise, contained in the historical writing heritage of Castilian tradition from the late 13th to early 14th c. As exemplified in a number of the annals and brief chronicles, including unpublished ones, the article demonstrates the process of forming the main features of the image of Alfonso X, reflected later in the «Chronicle of Alfonso X» and subsequent historical work. The King is portrayed as an educated, knowledgeable and experienced ruler and warrior. However, it also emphasizes his generosity, which sometimes came to wastefulness. The study focuses on his problems in relations with the Church and with the traditions going back to the «First General Chronicle». The article refers to his disrespect for the customs and legal practices of the Castilian nobility, as well as his authoritarian and brutal nature.