Aragonese Historiography in the 11th and 12th Centuries
Nelson, Lynn H.
The American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain (2005)
One of the peculiarities of early Aragonese history is the relative dearth of historiographic materials surviving from the old heartland of the kingdom. The Aragonese have traditionally been viewed as proud of family and jealous of tradition. One might expect that such people would have cultivated the writing of history, but such does not appear to have been the case. An analysis of the Aragonese source materials available to the compilers of the fourteenth-century Chronicle of San Juan de la Pena suggests that a native Aragonese historiographic tradition was virtually non-existent in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. King Pedro IV of Aragon (1336-1387) was a patron of the arts, particularly of history, and had determined to compile an official history of his realms. Sometime around 1350, he requested the monasteries of Ripoll and of San Juan de la Pena, reputed to be the oldest in his realms, to assist in the project.