The Autonomous Community of Castile and León: Introductory Note
Philip RaworthEdited By: Philip Raworth
© 2009 Oxford University Press
The history of Castile begins with the Christian kings of León, who conquered the region from the Muslims. The kings built many castles in order to secure the region—hence the name Castilla , which means castle in Spanish. The rule of the frontier province was entrusted to the Counts of Castile, who, although vassals of the kings of León, ruled independently. This original territory of Castile was called Old Castile, or Castilla la Vieja . Castile was elevated to the status of a kingdom in the 11th century. Under its first king, Ferdinand I the Great, Castile...