By Adam J. Kosto

This examine examines the function of written agreements in 11th- and twelfth-century Catalonia, and the way they decided the social and political order. through tracing the destiny of those agreements - or convenientiae - from their first visual appeal to the overdue 12th century, it's attainable to illustrate the extraordinary balance of the fluid constructions which they engendered in what's as a rule considered 'feudal society'. the method of documentary swap unearths the genuine nature and speed of the 'transformation of the 12 months 1000'. research of the convenientia as an device of energy and its interplay with oral practices contributes to a deeper realizing of the position of the written be aware in medieval societies. eventually, a large historiographical context establishes the importance of this research of Catalonia for a extra basic appreciation of the medieval Mediterranean global.

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Ferran Valls i Taberner, “Els orígens dels comtats de Pallars i Ribagorça,” Estudis universitaris catalans  (–), –; Fernando Galtier Martí, Ribagorza, condado independiente: Desde los origines hasta  (Zaragoza, ). Bonnassie, La Catalogne, :; Aurell, Les noces du comte, –. Bonnassie, La Catalogne, :–; Nathaniel L. D. ). Bonnassie, La Catalogne, :, –, –. Bonnassie, La Catalogne, : n. , , –.  Introduction an era. 28 The most important influences on Catalonia, however, were always closer at hand.

Servage et chevalerie dans la France des Xe et XIe siècles (Paris, ); Barthélemy, La société dans le comté de Vendôme de l’an mil au XIVe siècle (Paris, ). This rather spirited debate may be followed in the pages of the Revue historique de droit français et étranger ( Jean-Pierre Poly and Eric Bournazel, “Que faut-il préférer au ‘mutationnisme’? ”  [], –; Jean-Pierre Poly and Eric Bournazel, “Post scriptum,”  [], –) and Past & Present (Thomas N. Bisson, “The ‘Feudal Revolution,’”  [], –; Dominique Barthélemy, Stephen D.

The Uses of Literacy, –, and Alan K. , Literacy and Power in the Ancient World (Cambridge, ).  Chapter  THE FIRST C O N V E N I E N T I A : SOCIAL AND DOCUMENTARY CHANGE AROUND THE YEAR 1000 Around the year , the young counts of Barcelona and Urgell, Berenguer Ramon I and Ermengol II, met, held negotiations, and concluded an agreement. They made promises to each other concerning the granting and holding of castles, oaths of fidelity, guarantees, and procedures for the resolution of conflicts.

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