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European Kingdoms





Christian Kingdom of Asturias & Galicia
AD 718 - 910

Founded in the north-western mountains of Spain, shortly after the Umayyad Islamic invasion, Asturias fronted the Bay of Biscay. Created just seven years after the collapse of the Visigothic kingdom, Asturias was a Christian revival of that former kingdom and its Suevi antecedent (although not the earliest - the County of Barcelona was established one year before, in 717). It was centred on Oviedo, until expansion saw the capital moved.

718 - 737

Pelayo / Pelagius

Stopped the Arabs at Covadonga (718).


The kingdom expands to encompass the former Suevi kingdom in Galicia.


The Frankish mayor of the palace, Charles Martel, defeats an army of 90,000 Arabs at Tours in France, ending the northward expansion of the empire through Spain and into southern France.

737 - 739


739 - 757

Alfonso I the Catholic


The Islamic Umayyads are overthrown and massacred in the Abbasid revolution, with the survivors fleeing to Spain where they rule independently. This signals the end of the Arab empire.

757 - 768

Fruela I the Cruel

768 - 774

Aurelio / Aurelius

774 - 783


783 - 788

Mauregato / Mauregatus

788 - 791

Vermundo / Bermudo I the Deacon

791 - 842

Alfonso II the Chaste


Nepocian / Nepotian

842 - 850

Ramiro I

850 - 866

Ordono I


Leon is freed from Islamic control.

866 - 910

Alfonso III the Great


Alfonso grants the re-conquered land between the Douro and Minho rivers to Vimera Peres. The county of Portugal is established.


The lands to the south of Portugal are freed from the Omayyid Moors. The county of Coimbra is created to govern the area on a military footing under Alfonso's overlordship.


The kingdom expands and evolves into the kingdom of Leon. Galicia is sub-divided, and with its attached county of Portugal it remains nominally independent.