Covadonga Valdaliso is a historian at CHSC Universidade de Coimbra and CH Universidade de Lisboa. Dado que, por norma general, las batallas se conmemoran cuando su desenlace es considerado relevante para los habitantes del territorio en el que en su día se libraron, la escasez de conmemoraciones del seiscientos cincuenta aniversario de la batalla de Nájera parece indicar que la contienda tiene hoy poca relevancia. Debió tenerla apenas en los dos años posteriores a la jornada, perdiendo significado cuando Pedro I fue asesinado por su medio hermano Enrique; el mismo que,…read more
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Is there ever a Right Excuse for War?
Justifying Military Intervention in the Castile of Pedro I
by Lorena Bolaños
The American presidential debates these past few weeks have not only been painful to watch at times, but also surprisingly apropos of my current, medieval readings on Pedro I of Castile. From the Republican candidate’s denials of ever being in favor of the US intervention in Iraq, to Clinton’s regrets for having supported the war, theirs is a recent example of a conversation that dates back centuries: foreign military intervention and its often more difficult aftermath. In the case of fourteenth-century Castile, the struggle for the crown between Pedro I,…read more
Today, modern politicians frequently attempt to control and spin the news media’s coverage of recent events. Similarly, medieval rulers often sought to shape contemporary depictions of their own rule as well as those of their immediate predecessors. These accounts most commonly took the form of chronicles, but they could also include romances, epics, biographies, and various other forms of historical narratives. Unlike modern politicians, however, medieval rulers, and those writing on their behalf, had far fewer limits on the claims they could make and promote in these narratives. This freedom…read more
My recent interest in Pedro was prompted by research into Toledo cathedral’s extensive inventories, including one long and detailed (but unpublished and unstudied) inventory that was first put together in April 1400, and much amended thereafter. It includes two entries that describe precious objects supposedly donated by Pedro I, and although they resemble a few objects recorded in later inventories – some of them still in the Toledan treasury – I’m not convinced that I have been able to identify them. I’m interested to know where they came from and…read more