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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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Turmoil in Barcelona: Busca and Biga

Turmoil in Barcelona: Busca and Biga

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(p.40) 5 Turmoil in Barcelona: Busca and Biga
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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/9780199207367.003.0005

This chapter discusses tension in Barcelona that spilled into unrest in Catalonia. The tension began from a conflict of interest between groups of citizens — the Biga and Busca factions — that grew into a contest for control of the city. The Biga faction had the city of Barcelona in its grip by manipulating the membership of the two bodies which ran the city: the five-man executive council (the Consell), and the deliberative Council of a Hundred (Consell de Cent Jurats). The opposing Busca faction was seeking a voice in city government commensurate with its social and economic importance.

Keywords:   Barcelona, Busca, Buga, Catalonia, currency

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