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Castilians travels in the XIV and XV centuries: ordination of the space and relations between men

Grant number: 19/03545-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2019
Effective date (End): April 30, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Ancient and Medieval History
Principal Investigator:Susani Silveira Lemos Franca
Grantee:Waslan Sabóia Araújo
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais (FCHS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Franca. Franca , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/14786-6 - Writings on new worlds: a history of the construction of moral values in Portuguese, AP.TEM


During the fourteenth century, the Crown of Castile, through institutions that ensured governance, was engaged in the delimitation of its external borders and in the dissolution of the internal limits between the kingdoms that comprised it, thus guaranteeing greater cohesion of the administration territorial. In this process, the Cortes played a decisive role, above all by granting general laws presented by local demands, one of its main functions. In these assemblies, petitions concerning the necessary care for the passable spaces, justified by the greater flow of travelers who went to those lands, were recurrent. On the other hand, those who traveled through Castile also passed records on aspects of the quality of the trip for those pests, with emphasis on the forms of protection they had during displacement. The main aim of this research, in this sense, is to interrogate the daily travels, with emphasis on the conditions of transfer and the various attempts to standardize space in the territories of the Castilian Crown domain. We will focus, therefore, on the period that extends between the second half of the 14th century and the end of the 15th century, that is, in a context in which the territorial contours of the Kingdom if redefined internally, thanks to the completion of the Reconquista, and in which the invested overseas attracted foreigners to the Kingdom. It is important to question who traveled, why traveled and what conditions travelers found to travel in the Castilian lands, in order to understand, fundamentally, how the displacements were related to the set of habits, values and rules that led the men of that time. (AU)

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