Saturday, February 26, 2005

Alc�ntara, Order Of

Major military and religious order in Spain. It was founded in 1156 or 1166 by Don Suero Fern�ndez Barrientos and was recognized in 1177 by Pope Alexander III in a special papal bull. Its purpose was to defend Christian Spain against the Moors. In 1218 King Alfonso IX of Leon gave to the order the town of Alc�ntara, and during the next two centuries its knights defended the southern borders

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