Rulers and Ruled in Frontier Catalonia, 880-1010

December 2010
6 line illustrations
220 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series
ISBN: 9780861933099
Format: Hardback
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Royal Historical Society

Rulers and Ruled in Frontier Catalonia, 880-1010

Pathways of Power

Jonathan Jarrett

Skilful use of original sources teases out the networks of power and association in what was to become Catalonia.
A frontier both between Christianity and Islam and between Francia and the Iberian Peninsula, the region that later became Catalonia was at the heart of the demographic and cultural expansion of the Carolingian empire between the ninth and twelfth centuries. Through the use of charters to generate new ways of looking at medieval history, the author traces previously hidden social networks in this complex and fragmented society; webs of association stretched from counts, the Church and even kings to the ambitious and the locally powerful, the pioneering and the humble, and the standing populations in areas newly brought under government. He builds up a picture of how power was mediated from ruler to subject, and shows how the governing elite mobilised associations and used intermediaries to establish pathways of power, to circumvent their opponents and to secure friendship and mutual cooperation. However, the focus is equally on the smaller histories of the men and women on the land, bringing many ordinary people to life.

Dr Jonathan Jarrett is Departmental Lecturer in the University of Oxford and a Career Development Fellow at Queen's College.

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Table of Contents

Vallfogona and the Vall de Sant Joan: a Community in the Grip of Change
Three Neighbours of St Peter: Malla, L'Esquerda and Gurb
Power with a Name: the Rulers of the March


This is a rich and engaging study. [...] Jarrett has made a valuable contribution to our understanding of the tenth century. AMERICAN ACADEMY OF RESEARCH HISTORIANS OF MEDIEVAL SPAIN NEWSLETTER, Fall 2011

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