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By David Abulafia

The Catalan state of Majorca was once confirmed less than the desire of King James I of Aragon, who conquered Majorca in 1229, however it used to be governed from 1276 to 1343 by means of a cadet dynasty. the dominion integrated the main company facilities of Montpellier and Perpignan, and different lands in what's now southern France. It used to be domestic to big Jewish and Muslim groups, and was once the focal point of immigration from Catalonia, Provence and Italy. This ebook emphasizes the main differences within the alternate of the Balearic Islands from the eve of the Catalan conquest to the Black loss of life, and the impression of the kingdom's construction and loss of life at the financial system of the sector.

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G. her Business, banking and finance in medieval Montpellier (Toronto, 1985). An older study of great value is L. J. Thomas,' Montpellier entre la France et l'Aragon pendant la premiere moitie du xiv e siecle', Monspeliensia. Memoires et documents Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2009 The kingdom and its historians 27 A particular problem has been the lack of native chronicle sources from the Majorcan kingdom. It is possible that a description, partly in rhyming prose, of the conquest of Mallorca forms the core of the chronicle usually regarded as the autobiography of King James I; valuable clues are provided concerning royal policy towards the Balearics before their detachment from Catalonia-Aragon at James Fs death.

A governor exercised authority on behalf of the king. The Balearics experienced the same economic uncertainties as the other lands of the Crown of Aragon in the late fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The cloth industry retained some importance, though there were severe banking crises, as at Barcelona. Foreign merchants continued to frequent the islands around 1400, notably 43 For the negotiations with England, see chapter 10. 44 See chapter 10. Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2009 18 Unity and diversity the prominent Tuscan merchant Francesco Datini, the ' Merchant of Prato,' who had very extensive business interests in Mallorca and Menorca.

Bonner, Selected Works ofRamon Llull {1232-1316), 2 vols. (Princeton, NJ, 1985), the introduction to which constitutes a very good survey of Llull's life. See also J. Hillgarth, Ramon Lull and Lullism in fourteenth-century France (Oxford, 1971). 32 It is, however, debatable whether Llull was a real pioneer in these attempts to convert non-Christians. 33 Llull's career, already much-studied, is not a theme of this book, but his early career in Mallorca and his obsession with the souls ofJews and Muslims are important reminders that the newly created kingdom was a gateway not merely for merchants but for missionaries entering Africa.

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