Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Sancha Raimúndez : an Infanta in the Exercise of her Power

Gregoria Cavero


In mid-12th century, Infanta Sancha Raimúndez played an important role both in the political life of Alfonso VII’s reign and in the ecclesiastical scene in general, and monastic in particular, using the infantado as a base of her power. We study that kind of power from three angles: the political scene at the wedding of her niece, Infanta Urraca, with Garcia, king of Navarre; the transformation of the female monastery of Saint Isidore of León into a male one, which became the home of a community of Canons Regular; and her support to the monastic federation which arose around abbot Florencio and the renewed monastery of Saint Saviour of Carracedo.

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