The Wreck Of Catalonia: Civil War In The Fifteenth Century by Alan Ryder

The Wreck Of Catalonia: Civil War In The Fifteenth Century

byAlan Ryder

Hardcover | June 28, 2007

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This fascinating account examines the fate which overtook the principality of Catalonia in the fifteenth century, reducing it from dominance within the state of Aragon to a marginal role in the Iberian power created by the union of Aragon and Castile. It begins by studying the tensionsdestabilising Catalonia: unrest among a peasantry resentful of outdated burdens; merchants and artisans struggling to wrest control of the towns from entrenched oligarchies; an aristocracy devoted to endless feuding; and a monarchy thrown into disarray by the extinction of the Catalan line and itsreplacement by a Castilian dynasty. In 1462 , Catalonia degenerated into a civil war which lasted ten years.Part two seeks to explain how and why the king, Juan II, emerged victorious. The economic and military resources of the two camps, their tactics, and the lines along which Catalan society divided are examined. Alan Ryder look at the crucial part played by foreign powers in the conflict, whointervened on both sides until Juan turned the tables with his gamble on a Castilian crown for his heir, Fernando. The surrender of the insurgents in 1472 left Catalonia chaotic, devastated, and mired in many more years of war with France as Juan struggled to recover the territories he had rashlysurrendered in return for French aid. Catalonia thus lay helpless before the might of Fernando, the Catholic King of Castile, when he became its ruler in 1479. The measures he imposed to restore order and subject the principality to the new 'Spanish' state are the theme of the final chapter.

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Alan Ryder is Professor Emeritus, Bristol University.

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Title:The Wreck Of Catalonia: Civil War In The Fifteenth CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:June 28, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199207364

ISBN - 13:9780199207367

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Coming Storm1. A fine, well-ordered country2. Strains in the fabric3. 'A widowed land'4. A clamorous peasantry5. Turmoil in Barcelona: Busca and Biga6. A peasantry expectant7. Busca in triumph and disillusion8. The violence of an urban and rural aristocracy9. Catalonia defiant10. Juan II, a monarch besetPart II: War, Civil and Foreign1. The drawing of swords2. Catalonia at bay: enter Castile3. Diplomacy, or war by other means4. The Portuguese saviour5. In extremis, France6. The Castilian marriage7. A rebellion in ruins8. The lost landsPart III: Fernando the Catholic, The Monarch TriumphantBibliography

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"With this book, Alan Ryder has performed a valuable service for historians of late medieval and early modern Spain."--Mark D. Meyerson, Renaissance Quarterly