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Emotional memory and medieval autobiography: King James I of Aragon (r. 1213–76)’s Llibre dels fets

This study examines the role that emotional memories – memories connected to or describing emotions – played in the recollection of events, while also becoming powerful rhetorical and didactic tools in the process of history-writing.

Late Medieval Knight Reflecting on his Public Life: Hugo de Urriés (c. 1405-c. 1493), Diplomacy and Translating the Classics

This article focuses on Aragonese courtier Hugo de Urriés’s public profile by means of analyzing the critical points derived from examining his personal, political, cultural and historical stands making use of an invaluable primary source, his letter to Fernando the Catholic in the early 1490s.

The Most Dramatic Moment of the Middle Ages!

An evil king versus a good king. They are half-brothers. It’s a fight to the death. In a tent!

Commons in the late medieval Crown of Aragon: Regulation, uses and conflicts, 13th-15th centuries

In this paper, we shall show some characteristics of the use of pastures and commons in the Crown of Aragon between the thirteen and fifteenth centuries.

“Of Arms and Men”: Siege and Battle Tactics in the Catalan Grand Chronicles (1208-1387)

What was the nature of combat as then practiced by the Aragonese? Who and what was involved? How were the practicalities of battle realized on the field?

Delivering stability: Primogeniture and autocratic survival in European monarchies 1000-1800

Although the dominating position of primogeniture at the end of the period might seem natural given primogeniture’s many advantages for the monarch and the ruling elite it was first rather late in history that the principle came to dominate Europe.

Hunting and Hunters in Medieval Aragonese Legislation

Our research on hunting in the kingdom of Aragón in the 12th-15th centuries is based on the information provided by two groups of legal texts: those for local or regional areas and those that were applied to all the kingdom after the 13th century.

The Scientific World of the Crown of Aragon under James I

This article seeks to provide a general overview of the cultural landscape during the reign of James I, with a particular focus on science.

“We Have Met Devils!”: The Almogavars of James I and Peter III of Catalonia-Aragon

Who were these Almogavars, who were able to defeat these heavily-armed and highly-trained knights? Why were they consistently effective against all who came before them? How were they utilized by James I the Conqueror (1213-1276) and his son Peter III the Great (1276-1285), count-kings of Catalonia-Aragon, to further the interests of their realm? These are the questions that this paper will attempt to answer.

Juana “The Mad”: Queen of a World Empire

It was not until the mid-nineteenth century that scholars discovered new material about Juana in the Spanish and Austrian archives that gave another side to the person of the woman who had been con- sidered “la loca.”

Translators, Interpreters and Cultural Mediators in Late Medieval Eastern Iberia and Western Islamic Diplomatic Relationships

Although linguistic competence and language knowledge were essential, rulers often looked for the cultural aptitudes of their official translators to guarantee the success fo the diplomatic missions.

A Tale of Two Kings: The Use of King David in the Chronicle of Pere III of Catalonia

It is my contention that Pere chose to emulate David because David was a highly respected Biblical king, as well as the fact that David’s history as a warrior could be used to spiritually justify the military actions of Pere.

King Pedro IV of Aragon, royal propaganda and the tradition of royal speechwriting

In the archives of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona is preserved the autograph manuscript of a speech against the rebellion of the Judge of Arborea in Sardinia made by King Pedro IV of Aragon to open the corts, probably that held in Sant Mateu, Valencia in 1369.

Templars and Confraternities: Organizational Competition in Thirteenth Century Iberia

The undoing of the Templars was in part a result of their own over-reaching, but it also came because they opened up an organizational arena that other military orders and confraternities came to fill.

The Difference A King Makes: Religion And National Unity In Spain

It is the end of the Roman period, however, that interests us most. What happened then is a model for the relationship between Church and state that has had an enduring and powerful influence.

The parliamentary calendar of Spanish and English assemblies in the twelfth century

This analysis will concentrate on the rhythm experienced by royal assemblies from the 1150s to the 1180s, thus challenging the traditional dates for so long believed to mark the beginning of parliaments in England and the Christian kingdoms of Spain.

Communities and sustainability in medieval and early modern Aragon, 1200-1600

This paper examines the case of sheep raising in Aragon from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century to explore the political dynamics and social criteria that rural communities used to manage their common land, and their role in larger economic and political frameworks.

In A Woman’s Hand? The Question of Medieval Women’s Holograph Letters

In A Woman’s Hand? The Question of Medieval Women’s Holograph Letters Tarvers, Josephine Koster Postscript, Vol. 13 (1996) Abstract “Who was the first woman to write in English?” This question, posed informally by John Hurt Fisher almost two decades ago, has so far defied answer. Our fragmentary knowledge of medieval educational practices, the problem of manuscript […]

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