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Perverse Identities

Identities in Conflict


Edited By Flocel Sabate

The urgent need for the study of exclusive identities in conflict is ever more apparent in a globalizing world in which societies are becoming multicultural and complex and in which inter-cultural contact and the co-existence of languages and cultures comes increasingly to bear on the construction of plural identities. The present book considers perversion in the construction of identity and the perverse usage of identity in areas such as social cohesion – xenophobia, racism, ostracism, rejection, ageism, marginalisation – and the mismanagement of linguistic identity, language groups and associated discriminatory practise arising out of historical and culturally based discrimination. The texts were submitted in an international meeting held in the Institute for Identities and Societies of the University on Lleida (Catalonia, Spain) in November 2012.
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Identity in conflict in a Medieval border: the case of an offer/agreement by the count Ermengol VI of Urgell



Universitat de Lleida

1. Research objectives1

In this paper I wish to provide a number of outstanding and innovating news referring to the duality adopted for the earldom of Urgell politic nobility living in the Andalusian border settlements conquered at the beginning of the 12th century at those lands close to Montsec. This social statement clearly uses the special and temporal context, the unpredictable and unstable context in border lands, in a period full of changes and transformations as the 11th and 12th centuries were, to behave and defend a recent got heritage acquired by conquest. For that reason, let us look into this border transformation because in that historical period it is influenced by the religious reform and running feudal system.

All I pretend to extract as a referent to the transformation of this frontier and the new situation evolved from this process surrounds the following reference:

[…] Et, si d(e) illo uicecomite [Guerau Ponç II de Cabrera] mens uenia, si lo habeat ille sus filius cui ille lo iachiat; et, si sarrecenos guerriant Os, que ille comes [Ermengol VI d’Urgell] en uallat ad illu(m) vicecomite(m) p(er) fide(m) et sine engan, et n(on) faciat pace(m) de Vrgello d(e) mentre que Os e(st) in guerra, et q(uo)d donet cata annu(m) ille comes in Tartarenz XXV solidos et III capizes de blato et mediu(m) de tritico...

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