Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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James I of Aragon
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James became king at the age of five when his father, Peter II, was defeated and killed at the battle of Muret on 12 September 1213. Brought up at the forbidding Templar fortress at Monzón, the years of his minority saw almost continuous fighting between the higher nobles. James’s first attempt to establish his own authority, a campaign against the Muslims of Peñíscola …

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Smith, Damian, “James I of Aragon”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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