The History of Spain and Portugal Volume . 4

The History of Spain and Portugal Volume . 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ...tyranny was endured without open complaint.1 On the death of Sancho I. the troubles which threatenend to attend the regency during the minority of his son Fernando IV. presented the communions with an occasion for vindicating their privileges. In 1295, the deputies of thirty-two cities, towns, and villages2, assembled at Valladolid, and entered into a solemn confederation, the objects of which were to defend their rights, and to assist each other against the crown and the nobles. The acts of this confederation have descended to us. After agreeing on the customary duties payable to the crown, they bound themselves by the following obligations: that if their common privileges were invaded by kings, nobles, or royal magistrates, they would immediately assemble and arm; that if any judge delivered sentence not in accordance either with the spirit or the forms of the fuero of the place, the party prejudiced by the sentence should lay his case before the municipal council, which should not cease its activity until the obnoxious decision had been revoked; that if any noble or prelate seized by force the property of any individual, and refused to surrender it, the whole community, and, if necessary, the neighbouring ones, should rise, and destroy his house, lay waste his fields, and do him every possible injury; that if any individual was killed by a noble, the community should pursue and kill the offender, and destroy his domains; that the same punishment should await the judge, who, whether with or without the royal commands, should execute a communero in any case not provided by the fueros; that all who applied on the part of the king for a contribution not included in the 1 Cronica del Rey Don Sancho el Quarto d'este Nombre, cap. 13, &c. Sempere, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236565428
  • 9781236565426