xxxxxThe loss of Saragossa to King Alfonso I in 1118 was a serious blow to the Almoravids, the masters of Muslim Spain. It marked the beginning of their decline. Their hold on their Spanish territory was already beginning to weaken by this time. Furthermore, as we shall see, by 1147 (ST) their power base in Morocco was being threatened by the Almohads, a more fanatical people, who were preparing to take their place in the Muslim scramble for Spain.
xxxxxKing Alfonso I of Aragon and Navarre (illustrated) succeeded his father Sancho in 1104 and, following the exploits of El Cid -
xxxxxThe loss of Saragossa was a serious blow to the Almoravids -
Alfonso I: detail, by the Spanish artist Francesco Pradilla y Ortiz (1848-
SARAGOSSA IS CAPTURED BY ALFONSO I 1118 (H1)