- ItemOpen AccessThe use of interactive and educational tools to understand romanesque Heritage: a case study in Erill La Vall (Lleida)(Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida, 2016) Martín, CarolinaThis paper analyses the concept of interpretation centres as an effective tool to understand heritage. At the same time, it presents the case study of the Centre del Romànic de la Vall de Boí (CRVB) in Erill la Vall (Lleida). This model has been selected after a previous study taking into consideration qualitative, descriptive and exploratory criteria. The study was carried out in numerous Romanesque art interpretation centres throughout Spain. The results of the analysis show that this case includes those basic aspects established in the investigation in order to become an educational model that seeks as its main objective the proper interpretation of the Romanesque teaching.
- ItemOpen AccessThe ‘Monastic Wales Project’(Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida, 2016) Burton, Janet; Stöber, KarenThe religious houses of medieval Wales, along with the Norman and native Welsh castles, form an important part of the country’s medieval heritage. The Monastic Wales Project, launched in 2009, aims to explore how medieval monasteries have helped shape modern society, provide a platform for research on Wales’s medieval monastic sites, as well as facilitate informed visits to the medieval monastic sites of Wales. This article presents the Monastic Wales Project in its context within the heritage industry, heritage management projects and historical societies in Wales from the 18th century to the present day. It introduces the project’s aims, its website and publications, the activities of its members, and its contribution to conscientious tourism in Wales.
- ItemOpen AccessIdentity and Difference among the Toulouse Elite at the end of the Middle Ages: Discourse, epresentations and Practices(Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida, 2016) Lamazou-Duplan, VéroniqueIn Toulouse, in the 14th and 15th centuries, in a difficult and changing context, the urban elites, embodied by the well-known Capitoulat, actually make up a heterogeneous, mobile, and divided group. In spite of their social diversity and their differences, however, these men manage to establish a political identity shared by this group which includes high-ranking citizens and the ruling urban class. The purpose of this paper is to examine the to-and-fro movement between the Toulouse elites’ otherness and identity, which thus invents urban identity, by studying discourses and representations, thanks to different sources (normative documents and documents de la pratique, such as notarial records), iconography, but also through the way of life and material culture.
- ItemOpen AccessUrban Identity in Castile in the 15th century(Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida, 2016) Asenjo, MaríaIdentities in the urban world are mental constructs of varying degrees of complexity that are built on the structure of the social groups to which they refer. But urban identity was a complex system also constructed based upon responsibilities and efforts, which served to cultivate common work. In Castile the towns and cities had a high capacity for management and organisation from their creation. The common identity was represented by the oligarchic government and the cities only brought before the king rivalries among themselves. This lack of sovereign urban identity leads to the supposition that the ambitions were absorbed in the feelings of identity with the community of the kingdom and monarchy would reserve an unquestionable leading role for the cities.
- ItemOpen AccessSeigneurial Pressure: external Constrictions and Stimuli in the Construction of urban collective Identities in 15th century Castile(Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida, 2016) Jara Fuente, José AntonioSeigneurial pressure, exerted on cities and towns and their municipal jurisdictions by the nobility, constituted one of the dominant traits of Castilian politics in the 15th century. Notwithstanding the extent and intensity that this pressure might reach in general, few cities and towns were subjected to the (individual or coordinated) actions of important numbers of noblemen. This was the case of the city of Cuenca. This was one of the reasons explaining the relative success achieved by the city in fighting these agreesions. The presence of a significant number of noblemen, each of them seeking their own interest, lessened (relatively) their ability to depradate Cuenca’s hinterland. This constriction (over the city and its jurisdiction) also influenced both elites and commoners to adopt a cooperative line of action. This way, Cuenca body politic laid out the key political traits of its communal political identity. These policies and marks of identity were observed throughout the years of civil war and, at least, until the beginning of the reign of Elizabeth I, when the pressure exerted by the nobility was reduced to a reasonable dimension.