About the Author
Simon Doubleday writes and teaches about the history of medieval Europe, and is author of The Wise King: A Christian Prince, Muslim Spain, and the Birth of the Renaissance, a biography of Alfonso el Sabio (1252-84) that has been described as “a fascinating journey into an unfamiliar realm”. He founded the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, and has also served as president of AARHMS (the American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain).
Simon grew up in Bath (England). He lives in New York City, and teaches at Hofstra University. He is currently pursuing two projects: a series of video lectures about the aftermath of the Black Death, and a book about the eleventh-century kingdom of León.