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The Wreck of CataloniaCivil War in the Fifteenth Century$
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Alan Ryder

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207367

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207367.001.0001

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Catalonia at Bay: Enter Castile

Catalonia at Bay: Enter Castile

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(p.124) 12 Catalonia at Bay: Enter Castile
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The Wreck of Catalonia
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Alan Ryder

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207367.003.0012

This chapter discusses the struggle for an independent Catalonia. Having rejected all compromise with its erstwhile monarch, Catalonia struggled with the question of how to seek its salvation. A large majority saw the opportunity to replace a hostile sovereign with one ready to defend Catalonia and its newfound liberties, but also one able and willing to counter-balance the formidable weight of France in the opposing camp. A committee of five appointed by the Council was charged with the task of finding such a saviour. The obvious candidate was Enrique IV the king of Castile, even though such a choice fitted ill with the anti-Castilian rhetoric which had hitherto marked Catalonia's propaganda against its current Castilian monarch.

Keywords:   Catalonia, king of Castile, Enrique IV, independence

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