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However, because he had submitted to the king, the sentence was commuted to a fine of 20 million maravedís, the demolition of the castle of Montilla, the royal keeping of the marquis's other fortresses, and banishment from the district of Córdoba. Other nobles and lesser persons were not as fortunate as Don Pedro; some were executed for treason, while others lost a foot or a thumb. 55 By these and other measures, the Catholic Kings curtailed the power of the nobles in Castile and brought an end to baronial anarchy.

In many cases younger sons of urban patriciate became nobility of the sword while the entailed estate (mayorazgo) of the family continued to be held by the oldest son, who remained a member of the urban patriciate. 14 On the other hand, although caballeros and hidalgos were closely related by marriage and privilege, one who was a caballero was not necessarily a hidalgo, though he well might be as is demonstrated in the term caballero hijodalgo. "15 Nevertheless, as Tomás Thayer Ojeda has observed, it was the general opinion in the Golden Age that nobility consisted principally in hidalguía and that the rest was only a difference in social positionsubject to changethat did not affect the fundamental fact of noble birth.

Restoration of royal power in the towns and countryside by the Catholic sovereigns brought internal peace to the kingdom and assured the successful foreign policy of their reign. Domestic order in the towns also promoted prosperity and helped to compensate for the loss of regional and municipal autonomy. Prosperity, in turn, made for an increasing interest in education and the rise of the nobility of the robe in the united and expanding kingdom of Castile. Family Structure Although little is known about Zorita's early years, Richard L.

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