Alfonso

(redirected from Ildefonso)
Also found in: Dictionary.
Related to Ildefonso: San Ildefonso

Alfonso

 

In medieval Spanish kingdoms:

Alfonso I the Battler. Died in September 1134. King of Aragón and Navarre from 1104. He took Saragossa in 1118 from the Moors and in 1120 gained a victory at Cutanda over the forces of the Almoravids, who were trying to capture Saragossa. He undertook a number of campaigns in Andalusia and the south of France. Alfonso was routed in 1134 by the Moors at the fortress of Braga.

Alfonso III the Great. Born 838; died 910 or 912. King of Asturias from 866. He won a number of regions north of the Tajo River (now Tajus) from the Moors. Striving to consolidate royal authority, Alfonso III engaged in a bitter struggle with the feudal aristocracy, headed by his sons; in 910 he was forced to abdicate.

Alfonso VI the Brave. Born 1030; died June 30, 1109. King of León from 1065 and Castile from 1072. During the Reconquista. he conquered Toledo (1085) and the territories of Valencia and Almería. In 1086 he was routed by the Almoravids at Zalaca and lost a number of conquered lands. In 1108 his troops again suffered great defeat in a battle with the Moors at Uclés.

Alfonso VII. Born 1104; died 1157. King of Castile and León from 1126. He endeavored to unite the states of Christian Spain and gradually established his suzerainty over Aragón, Navarre, Portugal, and a number of territories in France (Foix, Comminges, and Montpellier). In 1135 the cortes of León proclaimed him emperor of Spain. Alfonso VII successfully participated in the Reconquista:. he campaigned in Andalusia and Estremadura and took Córdoba in 1144, but a year later he abandoned it, leaving the city to destruction. In the 1150’s he fought against the Almohads.

Alfonso IX. Born 1171; died Sept. 24, 1230. King of León and Asturias from 1188. In 1188, Alfonso IX convoked the first cortes of León, which gave representation to the third estate. Alfonso IX took Badajoz (1227), Cáceres (1229), and Mérida (1229) from the Moors.

Alfonso X the Wise. Born Nov. 23, 1221; died Apr. 4, 1284. King of Castile and León from 1252. He fought successfully against the Moors, capturing Jerez (1255), Cádiz (1262), and other towns. He tried to be elected emperor of the “Holy Roman Empire.” His striving to centralize the state and consolidate royal power (reflected in his code of laws, the Partidas.) met with the opposition of the great feudal lords and of his son Sancho. In 1282, Alfonso was deprived of royal power and Sancho began to rule. Alfonso X was a poet. He patronized the sciences, particularly astronomy; he ordered astronomical tables incorporating the observations of Arab scholars drawn up at the Academy of Toledo.

Alfonso XI. Born 1311; died Mar. 26, 1350. King of Castile and León from 1312. Began to rule independently in 1325. He relied mainly on the towns in his struggle against the separatist tendencies of the great feudal lords. In 1348, Alfonso XI promulgated (in the cortes of Alcalá) the so-called Ordinance of Alcalá, which established the personal freedom of the peasants while preserving the feudal obligations that were bound up with land dependence. Alfonso XI successfully fought against the Moors, defeating them in 1340 at Rio Salado. He died of the plague during the siege of Gibraltar, which he attempted to take from the Moors.

Alfonso

the murdered prince returns as a ghost to frustrate the usurper and proclaim the true heir. [Br. Lit.: Walpole The Castle of Otranto in Magill I, 124]
See: Ghost
References in periodicals archive ?
Maria Martinez and San Ildefonso Pottery offers a historical overview and photographs of Maria Martinez and her husband Julian.
Dolores Beistegui, director of the San Ildefonso museum, says she thinks Botero is popular because his paintings are "pleasant and accessible" and don't require a lot of "work," like many modern art pieces.
While names like Aroma, San Ildefonso, and Santa Clara are synonymous with fine pottery, beautiful work is also coming these days from Laguna, Picuris, and Taos--in fact, from most of the 19 pueblos that lie in a wide swath across north-central New Mexico.
During the visit, Selig met with Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo and Under Secretary Francisco de Rosenzweig from the Ministry of Economy to discuss TPP and advance the upcoming U.
More than 400 guests attended the groundbreaking ceremony, including Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexican Minister of Economy; Carlos Lozano de la Torre, Governor of the state of Aguascalientes; Markus Schaefer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management; Joerg Prigl, Head of Product Group Compact Cars, Mercedes-Benz Cars; Jose Munoz, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co.
There are so many others, with Danny Ildefonso, who played his best years with San Miguel, winning it successively from 1999.
Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo has warned that Mexican farmers have the right to seek an investigation into U.
In a meeting with Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo in Mexico City in late March, Argentine Industry Minister Debora Giorgi proposed that Mexico and Argentina join with Brazil to expand and integrate their auto parts industries.
They are Emmanuel Bundoc of Pulilan town as Outstanding Small Farmer and Melchor Diego and Celestino Mananquit both from San Ildefonso town as Outstanding High Value Crops Farmer and Outstanding Large Animal Raiser, respectively.
Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said the government will take advantage of El Buen Fin campaign to ensure that middle-class consumers have access to low-cost digital televisions.
Attendees at the gala included Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Minister of Interior Miguel Eungel Osorio Chong, and Minister of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal; Secretary-General of the Organization of American States Luis Almgaro; and San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor.
1796: Spain declared war on Britain by signing the Treaty of San Ildefonso, aligning with revolutionary France.