IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 715: Building Identities and Identifying Marks: The Construction of Urban Political Identities in the Late Middle Ages in Castile, England, and Portugal

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Organiser:José Antonio Jara Fuente, Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación y Humanidades, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Moderator/Chair:Mario Damen, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Universiteit Leiden
Paper 715-aShaping Political Identities and Building Urban Power Models: Urban Castile in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
José Antonio Jara Fuente, Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación y Humanidades, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Index terms: Local History, Political Thought
Paper 715-bTo Rule and to Write: Written Marks of Identity in the Political Elites of the South of Portugal , 1325-1422
(Language: English)
Hermínia Maria Vasconcelos Vilar, Centro Interdisciplinar de História, Culturas e Sociedades, Universidade de Évora
Index terms: Local History, Political Thought
Paper 715-cLa construcción de modelos de identidad política urbana en la Corona de Aragón, ss. XIV-XV
(Language: Español)
Juan Antonio Barrio Barrio, Facultad de Filosofia y Letras, Universidad de Alicante
Index terms: Local History, Political Thought
Abstract

In recent years, medieval scholars working on political identity have progressively moved their interest from the historiographic field defined by monarchy and nobility to other fields of analysis. Among the latter, the town has proved to be an important area of research. Although sharing many and important features, urban models emerged in western Europe as the result of rather different social, political, economic, cultural and even religious experiences. For example, think of the huge differences setting apart the Italian city-state from the English town and city, or the big repopulating town in the territory of the Crown of Castile. And it is especially in these signifying features where the identifying marks of a specific urban political model must be searched for. The aim of this session is to show up some of the problems involved in the processes of construction of an urban political identity, stressing the importance of the comparative approach through the analysis of three different urban models: the Portuguese, the English, and the Castilian.