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

Official Coat of Arms of Aragon

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.

Catalonia’s Mediterranean Expansion: An Instance of Colonialism?

17th century map of Catalonia

It is apparent that not all historians agree on what Catalonian expansion means, and what expansion meant to Catalonia.

Jacopo da Firenze and the beginning of Italian vernacular algebra

Jacopo da Firenze

Whatever the reason, nobody seems to have taken an interest in the treatise before Warren Van Egmond inspected it in the mid-seventies during the preparation of his global survey of Italian Renaissance manuscripts concerned with practical mathematics.

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

Almogavars

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.

How Rich a Lawyer, How Poor a Tailor? An Economic Hierarchy of Occupations in Fifteenth-Century Spain

Manresa in the 19th century

A tax record from the Catalan city of Manresa known as the Liber Manifesti of 1408 provides detailed occupational and capital-holding data for the heads of 640 households.

The Family of Wilfred I, the Hairy: Marriage and the Consolidation of Power, 800-1000

Wilfred the Hairy

My principal objective is to reconsider the system of marriage alliances of the counts of the Marca Hispanica during the generations immediately before and after Wilfred I

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

Pere III

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.

Experimental Archaeology at L’Esquerda – Crops, Storage, Metalcraft and Earthworks in Mediaeval and Ancient Times

Aerial view of L'Esquerda Archaeological site - photo by Museu Arqueològic de l'Esquerda

The archaeological site of l’Esquerda is placed in the inlands of Catalonia, in the town of Roda de Ter, county of Osona, 70 Km north from Barcelona.

Reconquista and convivencia: Post-conquest Valencia during the Reign of Jaime I, el Conquistador: Interaction between Christians and Muslims (1238-1276)

Jews, Muslims & Christians

This study will focus on just one aspect of the transition from Muslim kingdom to medieval Christian state. In 1238, Ciudad de Valencia, the most important urban center in the Muslim kingdom of Valencia would fall to Jaime I, el conquistador, king of Christian Aragon and Catalonia, opening up a vast region to Christian influence.

The Kingdom of León-Castilla under King Alfonso VI, 1065-1109

Alfonso VI

The reign of Alfonso VI was also to be the setting within which León-Castilla joined in the emergence of a new western Europe and itself also assimilated the new norms and structures that were being erected everywhere there.

Sales, swindles and sanctions: Bishop Salla of Urgell and the counts of Catalonia

Cathedral of la Seu d'Urgell

Salla moved in a world in which churchmen and lay magnates could be hard to distinguish. They did not just share families, and sometimes offices, but outlooks…

Greeks in Early Medieval Barcelona?

Medieval Greek

The aim of this article is to draw attention to a group of persenal names which occurs almost exclusively in the city of Barcelona in tilese decades around the year 1000, which may throw some additional llght on the range of externa1 cgntacts. The name in question is that of Greco.

The Spanish Touch – Barcelona and Catalonia’s Medieval Treasures

Barcelona's Cathedral - photo by Jorge Lascar

Barcelona’s medieval district is rightly considered one of the best preserved in Europe. There is literally a story on every street, and around every corner a legend.

The Bad Behaviour of Friars and Women in Medieval Catalan fabliaux and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

They perpetrate many deceptions in order to gain a sexual or monetary advantage over their victims and are portrayed as malicious mischief-makers and the protagonists of humorous and smutty stories. Women also feature in these either as deceived victims or as the perpetrators of deception, as they outwit their husbands in order to enjoy their own adulterous affairs.

Estimation of extreme flash flood evolution in Barcelona County from 1351 to 2005

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Estimation of extreme flash flood evolution in Barcelona County from 1351 to 2005 By A. Barrera, M. C. Llasat, and M. Barriendos Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, Vol. 6 (2006) Abstracts: Every year, flash floods cause economic losses and major problems for undertaking daily activity in the Catalonia region (NE Spain). Sometimes catastrophic damage […]

From a Master to a Laywoman: A Feminine Manual of Self-Help

trotula

From a Master to a Laywoman: A Feminine Manual of Self-Help By Montserrat Cabre Dynamis : Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque. Historiam Illustrandam, Vol.20 (2000) Abstract: This article analyzes master Joan’s Tròtula, a late fourteenth-century Catalan text on women’s health addressed to an infanta of Aragon which survives in one late fourteenth-century manuscript. It presents […]

A clash of cultures: the legal difficulties of Bernat Metge (1396-1398) in a wider social context

John I of Aragon

A clash of cultures: the legal difficulties of Bernat Metge (1396-1398) in a wider social context Kagay, Donald J. (Albany State University) Paper given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2002) Abstract  Bad government in all its many forms has held the attention of many philosophical schools through the ages. Disaster, Montesquieu […]

The National Cost of Territorial Defense and Treason in Late Medieval Catalonia

17th century map of Catalonia

This paper focuses on the Iberian state of Catalonia and its unique fiscal road to the battlefield during the fourteenth century.

Currency Change in Pre-millennial Catalonia: Coinage, Counts and Economics

Louis the Pious - coins

Currency Change in Pre-millennial Catalonia: Coinage, Counts and Economics Jarrett, Jonathan Numismatic Chronicle, No.169 (2009) Abstract  Barcelona in the late tenth century was on the verge of becoming a commercial as well as a political capital. The wealth of the four counties that its ruler, Count-Marquis Borrell II (945–93), controlled had been growing throughout his reign. […]

Castle of Intellect, Castle of Force: The Worlds of Alfonso the Learned and James the Conqueror

James I of Aragon

Castle of Intellect, Castle of Force: The Worlds of Alfonso the Learned and James the Conqueror BURNS, S.J., ROBERT I. THE LIBRARY OF IBERIAN RESOURCES ONLINE The Worlds of Alfonso the Learned and James the Conqueror Princeton (1986) Abstract King alfonso and King James were born into a world of stunning change. Each was to accelerate […]

La guerra en cors amb els països musulmans occidentals en els primers

Arms of James II of Aragon

La guerra en cors amb els països musulmans occidentals en els primers anys del regnat de Jaume II (1291-1309) FERRER I MALLOL, MARIA TERESAInstitució Milà i Fontanals CSIC, Barcelona ANUARIO DE ESTUDIOS MEDIEVALES (AEM) 38/2, julio-diciembre de (2008)  Abstract This article refers to some instances of privateering and piracy between the Catalan subjects of the […]

The 1448 earthquake in Catalonia. Some effects and local reactions

Barcelona

The 1448 earthquake in Catalonia. Some effects and local reactions By Roser Salicrù i Lluch Annals of Geophysics, Vol.38 No.5-6 (1995) Abstract: The May 1448 earthquake, the last destructive one that took place in Catalonia in the Middle Ages, was known chiefly from several chronistic and narrative medieval sources. To these sources I add new […]

Priestly Marriage: The Tradition of Clerical Concubinage in the Spanish Church

Priestly Marriage: The Tradition of Clerical Concubinage in the Spanish Church By Michelle Armstrong-Partida Viator, Vol.40:2 (2009) Abstract: The image of priests as family men is contrary to the one of a lecherous, sexually promiscuous clergy so often highlighted in the works of medieval historians. Yet visitation records from fourteenth-century Catalunya show that a great […]

Instructing the Court: Raimon Vidal’s Pedagogy for the Courtly Joglar

courtly arts

Instructing the Court: Raimon Vidal’s Pedagogy for the Courtly Joglar By Valerie Michelle Wilhite Courtly Arts and the Arts of Courtliness, ed. Christopher Kleinhenz and Keith Busby (Cambridge: DS Brewer, 2006) Introduction: As the twelfth century closes and the thirteenth begins, a Catalan troubadour, Raimon Vidal, produces texts of various genres: the Razos de trobar, […]

Judaeo-Catalan: in search of a mediaeval dialect that never was

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Judaeo-Catalan: in search of a mediaeval dialect that never was Feliu, Francesc  and Ferrer, Joan Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, March (2011) Abstract The idea that there once existed a mediaeval dialect of Catalan specific to Jews living in Catalan-speaking areas has been accepted and reported in various sources with little critical scrutiny. There […]

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