October 2012

The importance of medieval Catalonia to contemporary culture

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In an edition of the journal Sàpiens, readers were asked to choose the twelve greatest heroes in Catalan history. Interestingly, no fewer than five of the elected were medieval men (and a woman), among whom Jaume I (d.1276) and Ermessenda, countess of Barcelona (d.1058) were judged to be the greatest (and second greatest) of all Catalonia’s heroes, beating men like Francesc Macià and Antoni Gaudí into third and eleventh place respectively. Judging by this result, the medieval past of Catalonia still looms large in the popular conscience of the modern country.

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