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Barcelonas and Beyond #10 - Monday 7th to Sunday 13th November
November 05, 2016

Welcome to Issue Ten of Barcelonas and Beyond for Monday 7th to Sunday 13th November. This week we give little history lesson on origins of Catalonia under Ramon Berenguer IV and Alfons the Cast.

I send the newsletter every Saturday with information for the coming week starting the following Monday mixture of what to do information, including festivals, concerts and of course football so please feel free to pass this email on to your friends and contacts.

The Origins of the Crown of Aragon

As there are no major festivals or fairs this week, I thought I'd take the chance to focus on the the historical events that led up to the Counts of Barcelona becoming the Kings of the combined Principality of Catalonia and Kingdom of Aragon, which was known as the Crown of Aragon.

In 1134, Ramir the youngest son of Sancho Ramírez, King of Aragon, unexpectedly came to the throne following the death of his two older brothers. He had been a monk until then so left the monastery, quickly married and, in 1137, when his daughter Peronella was a year old she was promised to Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona.

On November 13th 1137, apart from the title of king, Ramir II ceded all his rights and prerogatives to Ramon Berenguer IV, who would take on the title of Prínce Dominator of Aragon and his various territories in Catalonia became known as the Principality of Catalonia.

On November 11th 1164, Ramon, son of Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona, Girona, Osona, and Cerdanya (1131-1162), was sworn in as King of Aragon in Zaragoza in a assembly before Aragonese nobles with the name Alfons the Cast. The Principality of Catalonia and the Kingdom of Aragon were now united as the Crown of Aragon.

The two territories retained their own laws and courts and were effectively a confederation ruled by the Counts of Barcelona.

I have written extensively about this on the main Barcelonas website, where I've also posted Chapter 4 of my book Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective, which is called Confusing the Kingdom with the Crown of Aragon.

Click here to read Confusing the Kingdom with the Crown of Aragon

Click here to read about Ramon Berenguer IV

Click here to read about Peronella of Aragon

Click Here to visit the www. barcelonas.com updates and blog page

This Week in Catalonia Radio Show



Every Wednesday at 12 0'clock midday, I host a radio show on Barcelona City FM 107.3 with my colleague Jordi Vilanova.

This week our guests are American DJ and entrepreneur Humberto Tomás and Canadian wine expert Tim Brown and you guessed it, we're going to be talking about the US Elections and how they are going to affect us here.

If you miss the show, I generally post the podcast of the show to our website late on Wednesday. Click here to vist the This Week in Catalonia website

This Week's Football



Following their disappointing 3-1 defeat against Man City at Maine Road, FC Barcelona have another tough game against Sevilla in the Sánchez Pizjuan at 8.45 this Sunday while Espanyol have a big game in Cornellà against Athletic Bilbao on 4.15 earlier on the same day.

Then next week it seems we have another break from La Liga for international football. Yawn! Yawn! Yawn!

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This Week's Historical and Cultural Highlights



Monday November 7th

On November 1659, the Treaty of the Pyrenees was signed between Spain and France on Pheasants Island in the Bidasoa River. In order to bring The Thirty Years War to an end, Felipe IV ceded the Catalan territories of Rosselló and half of La Cerdanya to France.
Read More About November 7th

Tuesday November 8th

As far as I know, nothing of great importance has ever happened in Catalonia on November 8th. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Read More About November 8th

Wednesday November 9th

On November 9th 2014, Catalonia held the popular Consultation on the independence of Catalonia known as 9N. 2.4 million Catalans voted in this unofficial referendum with a massive majority in favour of independence.
Read More About November 9th

Thursday November 10th

The Catalan Olympic champion swimmer, Mireia Belmonte, was born in Badalona on November 10th 1990.
Read More About November 10th

Friday November 11th

On November 11th 1164, Ramon, son of Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona, Girona, Osona, and Cerdanya (1131-1162), was sworn in as King of Aragon in Zaragoza in a assembly before Aragonese nobles with the name Alfons the Cast. The Principality of Catalonia and the Kingdom of Aragon were now united as the Crown of Aragon.

The inspirational 20th century Catalan poet, Miquel Martí i Pol, died on November 11th 2003.

November 11th is the Saints Day of Sant Martí, which despite the cold weather, is an excuse for Festa Majors in Catalonia and the Catalan countries.
Read More About November 11th

Saturday November 12th

On 2004 November 12th, the leaders of the Catalan parliamentary parties met in Miravet in La Ribera d'Ebre to prepare the draft of the new Statute of Autonomy for Catalonia.
Read More About November 12th

Sunday November 13th

On November 13th 1137, apart from the title of king, Ramir II ceded all his rights and prerogatives to Ramon Berenguer IV, who would take on the title of Prínce Dominator of Aragon. This paved the way for the union of the Principality of Catalonia and the Kingdom of Aragon under Ramon Berenguer's son Alfons the Cast.
Read More About November 13th

Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective

You can find out much more about the historical background to Catalonia's claims for independence in my 2014 book Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective
Find out more about the book here

The two big shows in Barcelona Jazz Festival this week are Michael Nyman & The Michael Nyman Band on Thursday November 10th and Michel Legrand on Friday November 11th. Both shows are at the gorgeous Palau de la Música Catalana.

You should also check out the smaller gigs at Harlem Jazz Club, I might go and see Barcelona guitarist Joan Vinyals & Two Moons myself on Thursday November 10th.

Click here to read about the International Jazz Festival of Barcelona

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Featured Hotel in Barcelona

As I write quite a lot of articles about trade fairs at the Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc, this week's featured hotel is B Hotel, which is a great choice for anyone attending the Fira.

It's a moderately-priced 3 Star hotel located on Gran Via reasonably close to Plaça d'Espanya so B Hotel is also ideally located for Barcelona City Centre.

The rooms are large and bright with a balcony, there's free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and one of the best features is the wonderful swimming pool and solarium on the eighth floor and a rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the Mountain of Montjuïc and Barcelona City Centre.

Obviously if you are in Barcelona for business, the proximity of the Fira de Barcelona is key and what's more the B is equipped with 3 meeting rooms with capacity for 120 people.

Click here to read more about the B Hotel

Click here to book your hotel in Barcelona


Anyway, that's about it for this week, if you want to keep up to date with all the new information I'm creating, make sure you visit Barcelonas.com regularly.

All the best

Simon Harris

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