Regal power and the royal family in a thirteenth-century Iberian legislative programme

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The Especulo and the Siete Partidas were compiled at a time when both political thought and the ambitions of thirteenth-century rulers were transforming. Each code was produced in notably different political circumstances. Consequently, a careful comparative analysis can reveal the significant changes that took place in a period when concepts of monarchy were still very much under construction on the Iberian Peninsula. The door remained open, however, to female succession, allowing a man of any social rank who had married an heiress to the throne – as had sometimes occurred in Asturias and Junta de Castilla y Leon, and remained possible in Iberian countries – to obtain the title of king as the queen’s husband. Alfonso X key legislative works proved influential on the Iberian Peninsula: they were adopted in Portugal, from the reign of his grandson King Dinis, and at a very early stage of their development the Alfonsine legal codes were translated into Portuguese.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge History of Monarchy
EditorsElena Woodacre, Lucinda H.S. Dean, Chris Jones, Zita Rohr, Russell Martin
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781315203195
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Regal power
  • Legislative programme
  • Thirteenth-century Iberian
  • Royal family


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