IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 718: Borders and Cross-Cultural Issues in Medieval Spain

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Moderator/Chair:Dionisius A. Agius, Department of Arabic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 718-aWriting 14th-Century Aranese (Occitan) Autonomy
(Language: English)
Ryan Furness, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Spanish/Portuguese
Paper 718-bCatalans in Tunis: A Cross-Cultural Partnership
(Language: English)
Charles Dalli, Department of History, University of Malta
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 718-cLatin Manuscripts with Arabic Glosses from High Middle Age Spain
(Language: English)
Ana B. Sánchez-Prieto, Department of Palaeography & Diplomatics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography

grouped by Dionisius Agius (27/10/03):
Abstract paper a
Before 1313, the Aran Valley, located on the north side of the Spanish-French Pyrenees in what is today Catalonia, had long been an area of territorial dispute between the French and Catalan-Aragonese monarchies. In an agreement reached at the Council of Vienna in 1312 control of the Valley was turned over to James II of Majorca. This paper discusses the resulting legal document, La Querimonia, written by local Aranese officials pledging allegiance to James II. Curiously, the rights and privileges afforded by La Querimonia leave the Aranese virtually free from royal tribute and control, essentially establishing a system of self-rule.

Abstract paper b
The paper reviews recent works relating to presence of subjects of the Crown of Aragon in late medieval Tunis, and the territories under Hafsid rule. It examines the political background as well as the links between the various components of the Catalan-Aragonese lands, especially the Kingdom of Sicily, and Tunis, and explores some of the surviving primary sources. It is suggested that the intensity, and nature, of the ‘Catalan’ presence in Tunis played a central role in the Crown’s evolving central Mediterranean strategies. Unrestricted by social class or ethnic background, Catalan subjects managed to form a lasting, if at times uneasy partnership, with the Hafsid metropolis.

Abstract paper c
Under Muslim political domination, Spanish Christians developed their Roman-Visigothic inheritance in a most peculair way, heavily influence by Islamic culture which can be easily traced (among other things) through the presence of Arab glosses and commentaries inserted in manuscripts written in Latin.