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Reconquista

The history of the rise of Al-Andalus and the gradual re-conquering of Spain by the Spanish Christian kingdoms is an epic tale beginning in the year 712 and concluding with the fall of the Kingdom of Grenada in 1492. Join the History of the Crusades Podcast as we cover this lengthy piece of narrative history.

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The history of the rise of Al-Andalus and the gradual re-conquering of Spain by the Spanish Christian kingdoms is an epic tale beginning in the year 712 and concluding with the fall of the Kingdom of Grenada in 1492. Join the History of the Crusades Podcast as we cover this lengthy piece of narrative history.

Episode 57 - Queen Uracca makes some moves

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While King Alfonso of Aragon is occupied in Zaragoza, Queen Uracca embarks on a misson to defeat her enemies in the north of the peninsula. 

Dec 23 2022

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Episode 56 - Zaragoza

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King Alfonso of Aragon embarks on an ambitious campaign to conquer Zaragoza in 1118.

Dec 09 2022

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Episode 55 - Portugal

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The Kingdom of Portugal emerges while Queen Urraca endures one of the worst experiences of her reign in the town of Santiago de Compostela.

Nov 25 2022

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Episode 54 - Truce

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The warring monarchs in the Christian north finally decide to set their differences aside.

Nov 11 2022

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Episode 53 - Family dramas

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After the breakdown of the marrage between Queen Urraca and Alfonso of Aragon, events threaten to spiral out of control.

Oct 28 2022

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Episode 52 - Alfonso of Aragon & Urraca

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The marriage of King Alfonso I of Aragon to Urraca of Leon and Castile gets off to a rocky, gravelly and croaky start - just like my voice in this episode unfortunately. 

Oct 14 2022

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Episode 51 - Yes, another episode about succession issues

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Just when King Alfonso VI believes he has his succession issues all sorted, an unexpected event throws everything up in the air.

Sep 30 2022

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Episode 50 - Some more succession issues

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While a looming succession crisis emerges for both king Alfonso VI and the Almoravids, a shift in popular consciousness begins to take place following the death of El Cid.

Sep 16 2022

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Episode 49 - Succession issues

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The Kingdom of Leon and Castile and the Christian territory of Valencia both grapple with succession issues.

Sep 02 2022

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Episode 48 - El Cid

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Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar (aka El Cid) scores a memorable victory against the Almoravids at the battle of Cuarte in 1094.

Aug 19 2022

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Episode 47 - Valencia

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El Cid manages to conquer the wealthy taifa of Valencia.

Aug 05 2022

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Episode 46 - The Almoravid advance

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The Almoravids invade al-Andalus in 1090 and begin to conquer the taifas.

Jul 22 2022

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Episode 45 - Another interlude

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Between the departure of the Almoravids in 1088 and their return in 1090, a number of significant events take place. 

Jul 08 2022

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Episode 44 - Interlude

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In the period of interlude between the departure of the Almoravids and their return to al-Andalus, some significant events take place.

Jun 24 2022

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Episode 43 - The Almoravids

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The Almoravids of northern Africa arrive in al-Andalus and clash with King Alfonso VI at the battle of Sagrajas in October 1086.

Jun 10 2022

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Episode 42 - A serpent in the basket

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As King Alfonso VI and Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar prepare to face off in Zaragoza, a new threat emerges to the south.

May 27 2022

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Episode 41 - The struggle for Toledo

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As King Alfonso's attentions turn to the east, different factions inside Toledo struggle for supremacy.

May 13 2022

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Episode 40 - Toledo Part 3

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In the first major victory of the Reconquesta, Toledo falls to King Alfonso VI.

Apr 29 2022

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Episode 39 - Toledo Part 2

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The taifa of Toledo hits a rocky patch which King Alfonso VI swings to his advantage.  Meanwhile, Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar (later known as El Cid) makes a couple of bad choices and ends up in exile.

Apr 15 2022

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Episode 38 - Toledo Part 1

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During the 1070s, two assassinations - one in al-Andalus and one in the Christian north - send shockwaves across the Iberian peninsula.

Apr 01 2022

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