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Michael Eaude's Catalonia: A Cultural History PDF

By Michael Eaude

ISBN-10: 0195327977

ISBN-13: 9780195327977

Squeezed among extra robust France and Spain, Catalonia has continued a violent background. Its medieval empire that conquered Naples, Sicily and Athens used to be overwhelmed by way of Spain. Its geography, with the Pyrenees falling sharply to the rugged Costa Brava, is tormented, too.

Michael Eaude lines this historical past and it monuments: roman Tarragona, celebrated via the poet Martial; Greek Empúries, misplaced for hundreds of years underneath the sands; medieval Romanesque structure within the Vall de Bo:i church buildings (a international background sequence) and Poblet and Santes Creus monasteries. He tells the tales of a number of of Catalonia's nice figures: Abbot Olivia, who introduced Moorish studying to Europe, the ruthless mercenary, Roger de Flor, and Verdaguer, good-looking poet-priest.

Catalonia is known this day for its twentieth-century artwork. This ebook makes a speciality of the innovative paintings Nouveau structures (including the Sagrada Família) of Antoni Gaudí. It additionally explores the region's creative legacy: the younger Picasso portray Barcelona's brilliant slums; Salvador Dalí, encouraged through the twisted rocks of Cap de Creus to color his landscapes of the human brain; and Joan Miró, researching the colours of the purple earth at Montroig.

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E . i n Castilia n Spanish . I t wa s th e chillin g fore runner o f th e famou s insul t t o Catala n speaker s fro m Franco' s official s 14 Fortbou an d Montscrrat : Sea and Mountai n and polic e i n th e 1940s : Habla e n cristiano... Speak i n Christian . In th e Civi l Wa r th e Blac k Virgi n wa s hidde n again an d becam e a new source o f feeling and legen d whe n onc e mor e i t was put o n display . In th e 193 6 Revolution , man y o f Montserrat' s Benedictin e monk s wer e killed an d th e monaster y wa s turne d int o a convalescen t home .

This scenic rout e continue s o n t o th e Catala n Pyrenea n borde r tow n o f Puigcerda and dow n toward s Foi x and Toulouse i n France. It i s an attrac tive, slo w bac k doo r int o o r ou t o f Catalonia . Th e trai n climb s firs t t o Vic, said to b e the religiou s and linguisti c heart o f Catalonia (i n contras t to godless , half-Spanis h speaking Barcelona) . Vi c i s situated o n a plai n full o f pig farm s and pron e t o fog . I f the fo g lifts , yo u se e on th e treeles s plain th e strang e flat-toppe d mu d hills , remains o f primeval deltas .

I'l l tell you why ; Cataloni a ha d th e firs t Parliament , long befor e England . And i t wa s i n Cataloni a wher e th e "Unite d Nations " started . Al l th e authorities o f Cataloni a me t i n th e elevent h centur y at Toluges [nea r Perpignan, i n th e Roussillon] , a city tha t toda y belong s t o Franc e bu t used t o belon g t o Catalonia , t o tal k o f peace . The y introduce d th e Treaty o f God . Casals exaggerate d t o correc t th e world' s ignoranc e o f Catalonia . Th e treaty is a key par t o f Catalan nationalists ' view of themselve s as a peace loving people, give n to negotiation .

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