Wallada

Full name: 
Wallada bint al-Mustakfi
Arabic name: 
ولادة بنت المستكفي‎
Latin name: 
Valada
Date of birth: 
1001
Date of death: 
26 Mar, 1091

Wallada (known as Valada in Western scholarship), a princess of the Almohads, whose personal charms were not inferior to her talents, was renowned for her knowledge of poetry and rhetoric; her conversation was remarkable for its depth and brilliancy; and, in the academic contests of Cordoba, the capital which attracted the learned and the eloquent from every quarter of the Iberian Peninsula, she never failed, whether in prose or in poetical composition, to out-distance all competitors.