“El mellor amigo que nos avemos”: friendship and political communication in thirteenth-century Iberia

Liuzzo Scorpo, Antonella (2020) “El mellor amigo que nos avemos”: friendship and political communication in thirteenth-century Iberia. Cahiers d’Études hispaniques médiévales (42). pp. 107-122. ISSN 9791036202216

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Friendship, with its plethora of expressions , was – and still is – central in political and diplomatic communication. Focusing on the fluctuating relationships between the thirteenth-century Iberian rulers, Alfonso X of Castile and James I of Aragon, this study will examine how the rhetoric, discourses and performance of friendship, which were based upon widespread cultural models, functioned as powerful communication tools, especially in peacemaking and diplomatic negotiations. The analysis of legal records, literary and narrative sources from both Castile and Aragon will shed light on the multiple discursive functions of their rhetoric of friendship which, for its historical and cultural legacy, and universal appeal, constituted a cross-cultural tool to legitimise the establishment and preservation of social networks and of the power structures that they contributed to shape and strengthen.

Keywords:Medieval History; friendship; emotions; Medieval Iberia; Aragon; Castile; Power; Diplomacy
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
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Deposited On:19 Nov 2020 13:06

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