Sancho IV of Castile

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Sancho IV
An artist's depiction of Sancho
King of Castile and León
Reign4 April 1284 - 25 April 1295
Coronation25 April 1284
PredecessorAlfonso X
SuccessorFerdinand IV
Born(1258-05-12)12 May 1258
Died25 April 1295(1295-04-25) (aged 36)
Burial28 April 1295
María de Molina (m. 1282)
FatherAlfonso X of Castile
MotherViolant of Aragon
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Sancho IV (12 May 1258 - 25 April 1295) nicknamed the Brave (Spanish: el Bravo) was the King of Castile and León from 1284 until his death in 1295. He was considered one of Castile's greatest kings because of his braveness. He succeeded his father, King Alfonso X in 1284. After Sancho became king, he put down a rebellion led by his nephew, Alfonso, the son of Sancho's older brother, Ferdinand. Like his predecessors, Sancho actively fought in the Reconquista and conquered some lands from the Moors.

On 21 April 1295, Sancho succumbed to Tuberculosis where he died four days later on 25 April 1295 at the age of 37. He was succeeded by his 10-year old son, Ferdinand IV with his wife, Queen María de Molina serving as regent for the boy king.