By H. Salvador Martínez
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Escur. Y-i-2, fol. 1v) 1. Birth and Ancestors We are the product of our genes and education. 1 According to the documents available, he was born in the imperial city of Toledo on Tuesday, November 23, 1221, on the Feast of St. 2 The birth at Toledo was probably accidental, as his mother, accompanying her husband, who was headed south to crush the rebellion of the Lord de Molina, had to take refuge in the imperial city in order to give birth. Beatriz and her husband were also accompanied by her inseparable mother-in-law, Queen Berenguela (1180–1246), who was often present at her son’s military campaigns.
The apprenticeship of a great king 21 kingdom’s sentinel, and, in a warring century dominated by male protagonists, she was the prototype of the “strong woman” the Bible speaks of. She was, in the words of the Learned King: “[ . . ”12 Her steadfast temper and political talent for solving complex conflicts fill the political annals of the Christian kingdoms of the first half of the 13th century. Her grandson has written unforgettable pages about this invincible woman who, using her exquisite tact, placed her eldest son, don Fernando, upon the throne of Castile and then of León, thus anticipating the first great political union of the Peninsula.
34 One of Alvaro’s first initiatives was to manage to get Enrique I to declare war against the noblemen don Lope Díaz de Haro and don Rodrigo Díaz de los Cameros, representatives of the other great family/clan who, together with the Laras, shared political and economic control of Christian Spain. When doña Berenguela found out, she was furious and deemed the action a violation of the regency agreement. The kingdom’s peace depended on a balance of power between these two mighty families, the Laras, with their center of power in the north, and the Haros, with extensive dominion in the recently conquered territories in the south.