Today in European history: the Battle of Alarcos (1195)

It’s a strange coincidence that the 1195 Battle of Alarcos and the 1212 Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa wound up so close together on the calendar. I mean, I suppose it’s not that strange a coincidence, since there were only so many months out of the year that you could go on campaign back in the 12th and … Continue reading Today in European history: the Battle of Alarcos (1195)

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Today in European history: the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212)

For a relatively small confrontation—probably fewer than 50,000 soldiers combined—Las Navas de Tolosa had some far-reaching ramifications for the history of both Iberia and North Africa. The Almohad Caliphate, at or near the height of its territorial growth, suffered a defeat that helped send it into a decades-long spiral eventually ending with its demise. On … Continue reading Today in European history: the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212)