Sangre Azul: The Reconquista and the Aristocrat’s Blood

The Spanish nobility started taking shape during the Reconquista, the great and important undertaking that began in the 8th century that unified Europe torn by Moor invasions.

The Spaniards fought valiantly for over seven centuries to reconquer what was once their homeland. And just as it is today – back then the issue of race mixing was a vital one. In the land crawling with Negroes hungry for beautiful white women, it was an ultimate challenge to maintain one’s purity.


And so every time the medieval Spanish noblemen vanquished their dark-skinned enemies, it was customary to raise their sword arm in a gesture that has been accepted as a common ancient European greeting:

But then it served another purpose as well – to show your blue veins, only visible when you were pale of skin. It was proof that your family was not soiled through all these centuries of Negro occupation and that you held the birthright to the land, now restored for the European people.

Interestingly, the word Arab stems from Hebrew ‘erev and means a mix of people. It was meant as an insult and used to describe not only the already formed Arab peoples but also the offspring of those of European or Semitic stock that bred with Negroes.

It is a serious question among them whether the Africans are descended from monkeys or whether the monkeys come from them. Our wise men have said that man was created in the image of God. Now here is a lovely image of the Divine Maker: a flat and black nose with little or hardly any intelligence. A time will doubtless come when these animals will know how to cultivate the land well, beautify their houses and gardens, and know the paths of the stars: one needs time for everything.

– Voltaire

The Moors valued White women and kept harems of White female slaves whenever possible. Just as it is today, all human species seek to whiten their genes by mating with whiter individuals.

The Moors' harem.

Moor’s harem.

You can scarcely find any evidence to the opposite situation taking place at any point in history.

And hence the Spaniard victors raised their sword arm in an ancient gesture so as to show they themselves had not become ‘erev, or Arabs, that they’re still blue-blooded and pure.

Alfonso VIII raising his - deliberately uncovered - sword arm.

Alfonso VIII raising his – deliberately uncovered – sword arm.

The metaphorical notion of European aristocracy having blue blood was widespread by the end of the Middle Ages and is still recognized today, even if most people deceive themselves and choose to believe that our ancestors took this literally and actually thought that their masters – the nobility of Europe – had blue blood running in their veins. But we know for a fact that this meant nothing else than that they were not interbred.

During the time that followed, this custom has morphed into more extreme measures and precautions taken by our noble houses – their members took shelter from the sun whenever possible so as to avoid getting a tan. This has been explained by many so-called historians as an empty boast – they were, supposedly, just showing off that they don’t have to work physically and expose themselves to the sun, something which only a redneck (a term also denoting hard labor in the sun) would do.

Nothing could be further from the truth – the pure of blood nobility wanted to maintain their pale complexion as it was the easiest and most evident proof of their racial heritage.

The Reconquista was a successful struggle, nevertheless hundreds of years of the Moors occupation left a mark on the Iberian Peninsula. The ruling class have found themselves in a position not dissimilar to the Egyptians position after the European population dwindled and finding a suitable mate was increasingly difficult. Many among the common people – especially townsfolk – fell to the invaders and were now mongrelized, effectively becoming Arabs (in the original sense of the word).

We should all learn from this episode and many others like it that took place in our history. We should not rest and be always watchful, ready for whatever is to come. We’re fighting for the essence of who we are.


Gerald the Fearless, Portuguese hero with the head of a Moor.

Gerald the Fearless, a Portuguese hero with the head of a Moor.


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