Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Speculum regum
(599 words)

Mirror of kings

Álvaro Pais

Date: 1341-44

Original Language: Latin


Álvaro Pais wrote this treatise between 1341 and July 1344, finishing it in Tavira. He dedicated it to Alfonso XI of Castile after his victory over the Muslims in the Battle of Salado in 1340 (the Portuguese King, Afonso IV, had also taken part). It is largely concerned with the virtues that should by cultivated by a king, and it does not…

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Barros, Filomena, “ Speculum regum”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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