The Crown of Aragon. A Singular Mediterranean Empire recovers the history of an empire which was of great importance in the late medieval Mediterranean, but which has since been relegated almost to oblivion by the course of history. The Crown of Aragon was a Mediterranean crossroads: between west and east for the economy, and between north and south for culture and religion, drawing in many different peoples, covering Iberia to Greece. A new vision of the Crown of Aragon as a framework of overlapping identities facilitates its historiographical recovery, showcased in the chapters of this volume which analyse the economy, institutions, social evolution, political strategy and cultural expression in literature and art of the Crown of Aragon.
Contributors are David Abulafia, Lola Badia, Xavier Barral-i-Altet, Pere Benito, Maria Bonet, Jesús Brufal, Alessandra Cioppi, Damien Coulon, Luciano Gallinari, Isabel Grifoll, Adam J. Kosto, Esther Martí-Setañés, Sebastiana Nocco, Antoni Riera, Flocel Sabaté and Antoni Simon.
Flocel Sabaté, Ph.D. (1993), University of Barcelona, is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Lleida. He has written and edited many publications, including,
Historical Analysis of Catalan Identity (Bern, 2015) and
Percepció i identificació dels catalans a l’edat mitjana (Barcelona, 2016).
'All the authors place the political, literary, linguistic, artistic, architectural, regional, social and economic history of the Crown of Aragon within a larger regional history of the Mediterranean, making this a recommended read for medievalists, Renaissance scholars, and early modernists. [...] this important volume will be of great value to any student of European history''. Silvia Z.Mitchell, in
Reviews , November 2019.
Preface Flocel Sabaté List of Maps List of Contributors
The Crown of Aragon in Itself and Overseas: A Singular Mediterranean Empire Flocel Sabaté 2
The Northeast Iberian Peninsula and its Muslim Rulers (8th–12th Century) Jesús Brufal 3
Aragon and the Catalan Counties Before the Union Adam J. Kosto 4
An Intense but Stymied Occitan Campaign Pere Benito 5
The Culture (9th–12th Centuries): Clerics and Troubadours Isabel Grifoll 6
The Romanesque in the Mountains and on the Border Xavier Barral-i-Altet 7
Territory, Power and Institutions in the Crown of Aragon Flocel Sabaté 8
The Beginnings of Urban Manufacturing and Long Distance Trade Antoni Riera 9
Crises and Changes in the Late Middle Ages Antoni Riera 10
The Commercial Influence of the Crown of Aragon in the Eastern Mediterranean (13th–15th Centuries) Damien Coulon 11
The People: Labourers and Rulers in an Expanding Society Maria Bonet 12
Islands and the Control of the Mediterranean Space Alessandra Cioppi and Sebastiana Nocco 13
Language: From the Countryside to the Royal Court Lola Badia and Isabel Grifoll 14
Writers at the End of Middle Ages Lola Badia 15
A Gothic Mediterranean Catalan Art Xavier Barral-i-Altet 16
Identities in Contact in the Mediterranean Flocel Sabaté 17
The Medieval Legacy: Constitutionalism versus Absolutism. The Case of Catalonia Antoni Simon 18
The Medieval Heritage: Islands and Territories with a Specific Identity? Luciano Gallinari and Esther Martí Sentañes 19
The Catalans and the Mediterranean David Abulafia
All interested in medieval Europe, in particular the history of the medieval Mediterranean, culture, and trade, and especially Iberia and Italy in the Middle Ages.