NIGHTBRINGER | The Arthurian Encyclopedia


Spanish: Sevilla

Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. It is situated on the Guadalquivir River.

Perceval’s uncle Trevrizent traveled through Seville during his adventures.

Seville | 0 to 9th century AD

Roman Period | 2nd century BC – 5th century AD
Seville has ancient origins dating back to the Roman Republic. The city, then known as Hispalis, became an important Roman urban center. As part of the Roman province of Hispania Baetica, Seville prospered as a commercial and administrative hub. It was known for its agricultural products, pottery, and fish salting industries.

Visigothic Period | 5th – 7th centuries
With the decline of the Western Roman Empire, the Visigoths, a Germanic people, established control over the Iberian Peninsula. The Visigothic period in Seville saw the coexistence of Roman and Visigothic cultural elements. The city remained an important center during this time.

Islamic Period | 8th – 9th centuries
In 711 AD, Islamic forces led by Tariq ibn Ziyad crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and defeated the Visigothic king Roderic at the Battle of Guadelete. Seville fell under Islamic rule, becoming part of the Umayyad Caliphate.

During this period, the city experienced significant growth and development. Seville, known as Ishbiliya in Arabic, became a thriving cultural and economic center. The construction of mosques, palaces, and other Islamic iarchitecture marked the landscape.

Parzival | Wolfram von Eschenbach, 1200–1210