Le贸n, Spain

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The Kingdom of Le贸n (UK: , US: ; Spanish:聽[le藞on]; Asturian: Reinu de Lli贸n; Spanish: Reino de Le贸n; Galician: Reino de Le贸n; Portuguese: Reino de Le茫o; Latin: Regnum Legionense; Mirandese: Reino de Lhion) was an independent kingdom situated in the northwest region of the Iberian Peninsula. It was founded in 910 when the Christian princes of Asturias along the northern coast of the peninsula shifted their capital from Oviedo to the city of Le贸n. The kings of Le贸n fought civil wars, wars against neighbouring kingdoms, and campaigns to repel invasions by both the Moors and the Vikings, all in order to protect their kingdom's changing fortunes.

Garc铆a is the first of the kings described by the charters as reigning in Le贸n. It is generally assumed that the old Asturian kingdom was divided among the three sons of Alfonso III of Asturias: Garc铆a (Le贸n), Ordo帽o (Galicia) and Fruela (Asturias), as all three participated in the deposition of their father. When Garc铆a died in 914, Le贸n went to Ordo帽o, who now ruled both Le贸n and Galicia as Ordo帽o II. At Ordo帽o's death in 924, the throne went to his brother Fruela II (924鈥925), who died of leprosy a year later. Fruela's death in 925 was followed by a civil war, after which Alfonso, the eldest son of Ordo帽o II, emerged as the new king Alfonso IV, ruling from 925 to 932. After a further power struggle, Ramiro, the younger brother of Alfonso IV, became king in 932, having captured his brother Alfonso, as well as the three sons of Fruela II 鈥 Alfonso, Ordo帽o and Ramiro. Alfonso IV may have died soon after, but he left two infant sons, called Ordo帽o and Fruela. When Ramiro died in 951, he left two sons by two different wives. When the elder son Ordo帽o III, who ruled from 951 to 56, suddenly died aged little more than thirty, he was succeeded by his younger half-brother Sancho I "The Fat" (956鈥966), as Ordo帽o had failed to produce a legitimate heir.

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July is the hottest month 鈽锔, with average temperature of 67掳 degrees. January is the coldest month 鉂勶笍, with average temperature of 38掳 degrees. December is the wettest month 馃挧, with 2.76 In. of rain and/or snow.

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