Deed of Foundation of the Merchants' Guild in Tàrrega

Deed of Foundation of the Merchants' Guild in Tàrrega Facsimile Edition

Tàrrega (Spain) — April 7th, 1269

One of the oldest surviving documents written in Catalan is also an early piece of evidence concerning the economic importance of women during the High Middle Ages

  1. The charter attests to the presence of female members in the guild and in the overall economy

  2. It was ratified on April 7th, 1269, during the reign of King James I of Aragon (1208–76)

  3. A Virgo Lactans, an archetypal image of the Virgin Mary nursing the baby Jesus, adorns the document

Deed of Foundation of the Merchants' Guild in Tàrrega

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Deed of Foundation of the Merchants' Guild in Tàrrega

Adorned by an artful miniature of the Virgo Lactans – an archetypal image of the Virgin Mary nursing the baby Jesus – this document is not only one of the earliest examples of the Catalan language, but also attests to the presence of female members in the guild and in the economic life of Tàrrega overall. The Deed of Foundation of the Merchants' Guild in Tàrrega was ratified on April 7th, 1269 during the reign of King James I of Aragon (1208–76), who was the first major patron of vernacular Catalan literature and an important figure in the development of Catalan identity and culture. It is thus both an important written testimony to the development in the use of vernacular in Spain and an early piece of evidence concerning the importance of women for the developing economy of the High Middle Ages.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Gründungsurkunde der Kaufmannsgilde von Tàrrega
Pergamí de la Confraria dels Mercaders de Tàrrega
Document de Fundació de la Confraria dels Mercaders de Tàrrega. Tàrrega, 7 d’abril de 1269
Charter of the Merchants' Guild in Tàrrega
Origin
Spain
Date
April 7th, 1269
Style
Language
Script
Gothic
Illustrations
1 miniature

Available facsimile editions:
Millennium Liber – Madrid, 2019
Limited Edition: 550 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Pergamí de la Confraria dels Mercaders de Tàrrega

Millennium Liber – Madrid, 2019

Publisher: Millennium Liber – Madrid, 2019
Limited Edition: 550 copies
Commentary: 1 volume by Miquel Àngel Farré and Roser Miarnau
Language: Spanish
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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