By David Abulafia
The Catalan country of Majorca was once proven lower than the desire of King James I of Aragon, who conquered Majorca in 1229, however it was once governed from 1276 to 1343 via a cadet dynasty. the dominion integrated the main company facilities of Montpellier and Perpignan, and different lands in what's now southern France. It was once domestic to special Jewish and Muslim groups, and used to be the focal point of immigration from Catalonia, Provence and Italy. This booklet emphasizes the foremost adjustments within the exchange of the Balearic Islands from the eve of the Catalan conquest to the Black dying, and the impression of the kingdom's production and death at the financial system of the sector.
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S. Smith, The Spanish gild merchant. A history of the consulado, 1250-1700 (Durham, NC, 1940); The consulate of the sea and related documents, transl. S. S. Jados 46 F o r a good description of this building, see The Balearic islands, ed. J a c q u e s Heers (Nagel's 47 Encyclopedia G u i d e , 2 n d edn, Geneva, 1969), 43—5. See c h a p t e r 5. (Alabama, 1975). On the state of the economy after 1343, see chapter 11. Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2009 The Balearic setting 19 did, it is true, see a check placed on Mallorcan economic expansion, but there was still some optimism, as the building of the Lonja suggests.
1, Las repercussiones arancelarias de la autonomia balear (1298-1311) (Madrid/Barcelona, 1986); see also A. Riera Melis, 'El regne de Mallorca en el context internacional de la primera meitat del segle xiv', Homenatge a la memdria del Prof. Dr Emilio Sdez (Barcelona, 1989), 45-68; A. Riera Melis,' Mallorca 1298—1311, un ejemplo de " planificacion economica " en la epoca de plena expansion', Miscellanea en honor de Josep Maria Madurell i Marimon, in Estudios Historicosy Documentos de los Archivos de Protocolos, 5 (1977), 199-243.
Dependence on Aragon remained, nonetheless, a live issue. Peter's humiliation of the king of Majorca, in 1279, backfired; when in 1285 the king of France launched an attack on Aragon, as vengeance for the seizure of Sicily by Peter the Great of Aragon, the Majorcan ruler gave his support to France against his own bullying brother. James' decision was crucial, since he thus permitted the French armies eventually to march through his own county of Roussillon on their way into Catalonia proper. His mainland capital at Perpignan (where a handsome Palace of the Kings of Majorca can still be seen) was attacked by Peter; James only evaded Peter's clutches by 22 The constitutional position is analysed in chapter 3.
A Mediterranean Emporium: The Catalan Kingdom of Majorca by David Abulafia