According to Prez de Urbel, Rodrigo's appointment as conde in Castilla suggests some relationship with the royal family, maybe through Paterna, second wife of King Ramiro I.
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Fernando retained Castile, which was raised to the status of a kingdom.
His succession as Fernando I King of Castile marked the arrival of Castile as a powerful force in Iberian politics.
As early as the reign of Alfonso II "el Casto" King of Asturias (791-842), the construction of a series of fortified villages and castles was started in the mountains above the upper Ebro to guard against Muslim invasions, from which the name "Castilla" (later given to the area) was derived.
In 804, a separate bishopric was established at Valpuesta to administer religious affairs in the area.
Ponte curbem Until about 930, power in Castile was shared by five different families, the relationship between whom, if any, cannot be traced with certainty.