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King Peter's Llibre and Royal Self-Representation

King Peter's Llibre and Royal Self-Representation

Chapter:
(p.91) 5 King Peter's Llibre and Royal Self-Representation
Source:
Authoring the Past
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226032344.003.0006

This chapter discusses the Llibre of Peter the Ceremonious, whose long reign (1336–87) was marked by controversy and complication, and was the second longest of the Crown of Aragon, after James I's rule. The Llibre, which favored a series of ideas, concepts, and values over the narration of stories—although these frame the account—was conceptual rather than narrative, making it less dynamic to read than the other Catalan chronicles. Its political dimensions and ability to make a new image of the monarchy is then evaluated. Peter's political objectives and desires for legitimization were pronounced in the form of historical argumentation. The image of the king that emerges from the Llibre presents his constant struggle against his enemies.

Keywords:   Llibre, Peter the Ceremonious, Crown of Aragon, monarchy, legitimization, king

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