The shifting status of infanzonesWarrior identity and social mobility in the kingdom of Leon

  1. Raúl González González
Intus - legere: historia

ISSN: 0718-5456

Year of publication: 2021

Year: 15

Issue: 2

Pages: 331-356

Type: Article

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SCImago Journal Rank

  • Year 2021
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.106
  • Best Quartile: Q3
  • Area: History Quartile: Q3 Rank in area: 1056/1591


  • Social Sciences: D
  • Human Sciences: B

Scopus CiteScore

  • Year 2021
  • CiteScore of the Journal : 0.2
  • Area: History Percentile: 35


Infanzones appear in written sources from tenth-century Northwestern Iberia as servants of the aristocracy, linked to their magnate patrons through ties of clientele and service. Recurring episodes of political instability in the 980s-1030s undermined traditional authority and customary social identities in the kingdom of Leon, which provided some opportunities for upward mobility. Infanzones took advantage of this chance for social ascent by redefining themselves as warriors and consolidating their position as local elites throughout the eleventh century, to the point of being finally recognized as a nobility of blood.