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The importance of medieval Catalonia to contemporary culture

Karen Stöber's picture

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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The dividend of cooperation

Fèlix Riera's picture

Being in a deep economic crisis, which has already gripped us for three years, means that we must reflect on how to fight its effects, but first we have to take note of the following: there is no margin left to reduce costs further in order to compensate the 15% drop in cultural consumption; the price of cultural services has decreased by 1.3% and turnover has dropped by 7.2%; and, funding lines are becoming increasingly more elusive for companies, both private and public corporations.

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