Just to clarify
You want to believe this is a white guy?
Go for it! I can’t stop you.
I’m just saying you can read about it here on the University of Michigan’s site, and you can look at the geography involved in this map (from the link):
As you can see, they’re differentiating by religion, not race, because that’s what people cared about at that time. Religion was pretty much the most important category. Racial categories as they exist today did not exist then.
Basically what you’re seeing is a huge shift in populations moving around, people of many races, religions, and nationalities. Africans, Asians, Europeans, et cet.
If you prefer to believe that Christian=White, that there was no intermarriage or that there’s no difference in skin tones in this image of Ferdinand I of León and Castile, with wife Sancha (far left) and their daughter:
You can do that. I’m running a blog where we talk about how this stuff is left out of American History Education, where they teach European history as “our” history.
If you want to believe everyone ruling Spain from the beginning of time has been white, when the fact is, you’ll never read something from primary sources from the year 900 along the lines of “yes these people were definitely NOT white!” because whiteness didn’t exist yet, fine!
I just think it’s odd that you’re not angry with the American education system leaving out entire chunks of history because the people in it might be brown, you’re angry at me for daring to say that any of them might not be white.