Alfonso VIII of Castile
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Who is Alfonso VIII of Castile?
Alfonso VIII of Castile: Alfonso VIII, called the Noble or el de las Navas, was the King of Castile from 1158 to his death and King of Toledo. He is most remembered for his part in the Reconquista and the downfall of the Almohad Caliphate. After having suffered a great defeat with his own army at Alarcos against the Almohads, he led the coalition of Christian princes and foreign crusaders who broke the power of the Almohads in the Battle of the Navas de Tolosa in 1212, an event which marked the arrival of a tide of Christian supremacy on the Iberian peninsula.
- born on (860 years ago) in Soria, child of Blanche of Navarre, Queen of Castile and Sancho III of Castile
- religion: Catholicism
- Marriage with Eleanor of England, Queen of Castile
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- died on (801 years ago) in Gutierre-Muñoz
- buried in Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas
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A famous victory over Alfonso VIII of Castile and the Christians at Alarcos in 1195 was not decisive; ...
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