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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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‘A Widowed Land’

‘A Widowed Land’

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The Wreck of Catalonia

Alan Ryder

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the growing resentment in Catalonia towards the ruling Trastámar dynasty. The tone of Alfonso's relations with the Catalans was set in his first encounter with their Corts at the outset of his reign. Fired by visions of glory in the Mediterranean, the young monarch hoped to enlist support in a campaign to wrest Corsica and Sardinia definitively from the Genoese, secular opponents of Catalan mercantile and territorial expansion. Instead he found an assembly determined to put domestic affairs at the top of its agenda. Frustrated and furious, Alfonso turned instead to the Corts of the Valencian kingdom which, by contrast, proved amenable and financially forthcoming in backing active preparations for an expedition to Sardinia and Corsica. This forced the Catalans, fearing they would be outflanked by their burgeoning southern neighbour, to offer grudging aid, but they failed again to make any progress towards their goal of tight control over the crown and its agents.

Keywords:   Catalonia, Trastámar dynasty, Alfonso, Castile, Valencia, Barcelona, Italy

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