Public Figure Profiles

Alfonso X of Castile

Alfonso X (also known as the Wise, Spanish: el Sabio; 23 November 1221 – 4 April 1284) was King of Castile, León and Galicia from 30 May 1252 until his death in 1284. During the election of 1257, a dissident faction chose him to be king of Germany on 1 April. He renounced his claim to Germany in 1275, and in creating an alliance with the Kingdom of England in 1254, his claim on the Duchy of Gascony as well.

Alfonso X fostered the development of a cosmopolitan court that encouraged learning. Jews, Muslims, and Christians were encouraged to have prominent roles in his court. As a result of his encouraging the translation of works from Arabic and Latin into the vernacular of Castile, many intellectual changes took place, including the encouragement of the use of Castilian as a primary language of higher learning, science, and law.

Alfonso was a prolific author of Galician poetry, such as the Cantigas de Santa Maria, which are equally notable for their musical content as for their literary merit. Alfonso's scientific interests—he is sometimes nicknamed the Astrologer (el Astrólogo)—led him to sponsor the creation of the Alfonsine tables, and the Alphonsus crater on the moon is named after him. He also sponsored the work of historians, who for the first time placed Spain—he would have called it that—in the context of world history. As a lawmaker he introduced the first vernacular law code in Castile, the Siete Partidas. He created the Mesta, an association of sheep farmers in the central plain, but debased the coinage to finance his claim to the German crown. He fought a successful war with Portugal, but a less successful one with Granada. The end of his reign was marred by a civil war with his eldest surviving son, the future Sancho IV, which continued after his death.

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Some of their strengths

Alfonso X of Castile has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Honest, Altruistic, Optimistic, Achievement-oriented, Instinctual, Intense, and Friendly.

Adventurous and Independent

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Alfonso X of Castile is someone who is an adventurous, independent, and energetic person, who is insightful, imaginative, generous, and honest. A person who defines themself by their friends and what groups they belong to.

Warm and Caring

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Alfonso X of Castile well know them as someone who can be warm, caring, and compassionate, like a lamp or torch.

Organized and Achievement-oriented

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Alfonso X of Castile as someone who is organized, goal-oriented, practical, and persevering.

Who is hardworking, intellectual, and easygoing, who loves higher education and learning and sharing ideas with others, and who loves healthy competition.

Charismatic and Instinctual

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Alfonso X of Castile is someone who handles stress better than most people, and who tends to have a powerful charisma and convictions.

They are also someone who is reflective, mysterious, and purposeful, who enjoys quiet and solo work, and who thrives in positions where there is no need to report to someone else.

Optimistic and Quick-witted

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Alfonso X of Castile tends to be someone who is optimistic and spontaneous, and who has a clear and analytical mind. Who can be witty, with a happy-go-lucky- nature that makes others cheerful, and who possesses an adventurous zest for life.

Some of Alfonso X of Castile's challenges

While Alfonso X of Castile has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Alfonso X of Castile can be Impulsive, Callous, Careless, Rebellious, Emotionally Distant, Selfish, and Unforgiving.

Impulsive and Careless

One of Alfonso X of Castile's key challenges is that they are someone who can be impulsive and careless.

Alfonso X of Castile must also exercise caution as they can have difficulty dealing with responsibility, authority, or criticism.

Callous and Selfish

Alfonso X of Castile is someone who can be standoffish, pessimistic, and ruthless, who can have difficulty concentrating and be impatient, can have difficulty discovering the keys to personal contentment, and who can have a tendency to overwork and hoard wealth and possessions.

Irritable and Callous

Finally, Alfonso X of Castile also can be short-tempered, childish, insensitive, and careless at times.

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