Catalan commerce in the late Middle Ages

In this article I shall examine the maritime commercial activities of Catalans abroad.

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.

Catalonia’s Mediterranean Expansion: An Instance of Colonialism?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Greeks in Early Medieval Barcelona?

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 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

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

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 […]

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

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

The 1448 earthquake in Catalonia. Some effects and local reactions

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.

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