IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 502: Crime and Punishment

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Moderator/Chair:Andrea Marchisello, Dipartimento di Studi Giuridici, Università degli studi di Verona
Paper 502-bCrime, War, Law, and Public Order in Barcelona: Peter IV's Military Expedition to Sardinia (1354)
(Language: English)
Mario Orsi Lázaro, Institució Milà i Fontanals (IMF), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Barcelona
Index terms: Law, Maritime and Naval Studies, Military History

Paper b: This paper discusses some social aspects of the military organisation of the medieval Crown of Aragon, as seen from some laws and other written sources related to the 1354 military expedition, led to Sardinia by Peter IV.
Barcelona was a recruitment and logistics center that received a large number of armed men, that sometimes deserted, neglected their duties and were punished. Royal, urban and military legal texts, written in order to control these people, demonstrate, through the crime and punishment evidence, the social background performing the human component of the expansive wars of the Kings of Aragon.

Paper c: This paper tries to establish an outlook of violence in medieval conflicts, mainly in urban areas, through the example of a document preserved in the General Archives of Navarre. It contains the detailed claims written by the kings of Navarre, Thibalt I, and England, Henri III, in answer to the damages caused as a result of the war developed between years 1237 to 1248 in English territories of Gascoigne. Many performances of violence are briefed in this text: kidnappings, murders, injuries to servants… produced as much in rural lands as in cities like Bayonne.