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The Medieval Crown of AragonA Short History$
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Thomas N. Bisson

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202363

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202363.001.0001

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The Age of the Early Count-Kings (1137–1213)

The Age of the Early Count-Kings (1137–1213)

(p.31) II The Age of the Early Count-Kings (1137–1213)
The Medieval Crown of Aragon

T. N. Bisson

Oxford University Press

The betrothal of the heiress of Aragon to the Count of Barcelona inaugurated a dynastic union that would last for centuries. It is customary to speak of this union as the ‘Crown of Aragon’, although the term itself dates from much later times when the original federation had expanded; and of its rulers, who never ceased to style themselves ‘count of Barcelona’, even as ‘count-kings’. Under the early count-kings the union worked well. Neither land was neglected, both societies prospered and matured, while joint lordship promoted the expansive ambitions that fired a later age of conquest. This chapter discusses the principate of Ramon Berenguer IV (1137–1162), dynastic policy (1162–1213), social and economic change (1150–1213), and institutional foundations (1150–1213).

Keywords:   Crown of Aragon, Count of Barcelona, joint lordship, dynastic policy, Ramon Berenguer IV

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