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Alifatima of Spain

Alipanton, Alipatin, Aliphatim, Aliphatma

The King of Spain, a follower of the Roman Emperor Lucius Hiberius. He joined Lucius in the war against Arthur, bringing soldiers from his nation. He was slain at the battle of Soissons, either by Duke Holdin of Flanders or King Nentres of Garlot.

Layamon calls him Meodras. The elements of his name – Ali and Fatima – are known in arabian texts. His name probably originated from Moorish influence in Spain in the Middle Ages.

Historia Regum Brittaniae | Geoffrey of Monmouth, c. 1138
Roman de Brut | Wace, c. 1155
Vulgate Merlin | 1220-1235