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By Donald J. Kagay

Written in the course of the first half the 12th century, The Usatges of Barcelona, is a mirrored image of the oral traditions of cutomary legislations as refashioned through literate clerics in provider to the courtroom. this is often the 1st translation into English of this crucial paintings.

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2930, pp. 4749; Bofarull y Moscaró, Los condes, 2: 11416. In 1071, Ramón Berenguer I's first son Pere Ramón murdered his stepmother Almodis, described variously as a "distinguished, illustrious queen" and a "woman of sad, (footnote continued on the next page) Page 9 (10971131), however, the possibilities of a greater Catalonia began to emerge. Ironically, many of the early territorial gains of this young man"very pleasant, generous, and accomplished in arms"came into his hands without the drawing of a sword.

47 The fief, as the core of a relationship of mutual allegiance and duty, was fated to outlast the alliance that brought it into being. While the investiture of feudal land was initially only for the lifetime of the vassal, the bond formalized by the granting of such land did not normally expire with a vassal's death, since his place could be taken by his son or nearest male relative. 48 The viability of the ''system" was lessened as the feudal holding became more important than the feudal relationship.

Pierre Bonnassie, "A Family of the Barcelona Countryside and its Economic Activities Around the Year 1000," Early Medieval Society, ed. Slyvia Thrupp (New York: Appleton-Century-Croft, 1967), 10811; Bonnassie, "Formation," 10. 42 By the mid-eleventh century, the Catalan countryside had changed from a scene of allodial land tenure and peasant liberty to one dominated by castles and those who staffed them. The castellans and garrisons were effectively supported by the land and population that surrounded the fortress.

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