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A Tale of Two Kings: The Use of King David in the Chronicle of Pere III of Catalonia


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Pere III of Catalonia (1319-1387) began his reign in 1336. As count-king, he reigned over Aragon, Catalonia, and Valencia. The Chronicle of Pere III of Catalonia covers the years 1319-1369, fifty years of a nearly seventy year life. Pere wrote this chronicle in collaboration with his chancery office. Bernat Descoll was the main contributor from the chancery, and he consulted with the king as he wrote it. The chronicle reflects spiritual justifications for actions that occurred during Pere's reign, such as his conflict with the Uniòns of Aragon and Valencia, as well as his conflict with Pedro I of Castile. In the prologue to the chronicle, Pere compares both himself and Catalonia to several events in the reign of King David of Israel. References to Biblical kings are not featured in the rest of the chronicle; however, there are many general spiritual references to God. It is my contention that Pere chose to emulate David because David was a highly respected Biblical king, as well as the fact that David's history as a warrior could be used to spiritually justify the military actions of Pere. I will seek to prove this by reviewing ancient and medieval interpretations of David's reign, and by analyzing both the representations of David in the prologue and Pere's religious references in the main text of the chronicle. This study shows that Pere used the idea of King David in an aberrant way to serve his own purposes. Prior to Pere's usage, David typically served as an example of a humble, righteous, servant king in political and theological works, not the righteous warrior king that Pere co-opts to justify his reign.

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Subject
Romance literature;
Medieval history
Classification
0313: Romance literature
0581: Medieval history
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Aragon; Biblical allusions; Pedro I of Castile; Pere III of Catalonia; Political capital; Spain; Warrior king
Title
A Tale of Two Kings: The Use of King David in the Chronicle of Pere III of Catalonia
Author
Cook, Marrissa
Number of pages
74
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0206
Source
MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124565842
Advisor
Milton, Gregory
Committee member
Benadusi, Giovanna; Williams, Thomas
University/institution
University of South Florida
Department
History
University location
United States -- Florida
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1490784
ProQuest document ID
862550101
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/862550101
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