Thomas N. Bisson's The Medieval Crown of Aragon: A Short History PDF

By Thomas N. Bisson

ISBN-10: 0198219873

ISBN-13: 9780198219873

The 1st learn of its variety in English in additional than fifty years, this booklet surveys the background of the medieval Crown of Aragon from its early origins in counties of the japanese Pyrenees. Reviewing the newest study into the well-preserved documents of the quarter, Bisson recreates a feeling of the strength, drama, and colour of those inventive and expansionist humans among the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. all through, the ebook duly stresses person success and character whereas while delivering a balanced assessment of political and dynastic evolution, institutional foundations, monetary and cultural affairs, and the socio-economic weaknesses that at last ended in a concern within the federated geographical regions within the past due heart a long time.

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From the dominium mundi to the assertion of the states With the collapse of the empire after the death of Frederick II, then the Great Interregnum (–), the thirteenth century marked the end of the imperial dominium mundi. Everywhere, civil and canon lawyers made a case for the rediscovered sovereignty of their own country and made the famous formula, rex in regno suo imperator est (the king is emperor in his kingdom), victorious from Sicily to England. Then began a threefold evolution which dominated the reorganisation of the states of the west.

In the fourteenth century, the desire to establish the study of politics as a branch of knowledge (science) was not new. For a long time already, all the distant heirs of Aristotle had set out on this path. The lawyers themselves had not remained outside this movement, such as the author of the Summa Coloniensis (), who even saw in the slow birth of a sciencia de regimine civitatis, castri et villae seu regni et orbis (science of the government of the state, castle and village or of the kingdom and the world), an effective means of resolving the political problems of his day.

Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 Introduction  which recurs in several chapters not only in those relating to the ‘heartlands’ of western Europe but also to areas well beyond: for instance, in Bohemia ((b), ), in the Baltic (), as well as in the Slav, Orthodox and Byzantine worlds (, ). For private individuals too, as Caroline Barron remarks, by the end of the century the vernacular, allied to the spread of literacy, also sometimes allows us to hear ordinary people’s voices, including those of women ((b)).

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