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Libre dels privilegis de Valencia

Valencia (Spain) — 14th century

Libre dels privilegis de Valencia

Libre dels privilegis de Valencia

Valencia (Spain) — 14th century

  1. A 14th century collection of various legal documents from the origin period of the Kingdom of Valencia

  2. The documents deal with the separation of powers and the administration of the newly-founded kingdom

  3. The rich Gothic illumination of the documents and numerous signs of editing speak to their importance

Libre dels privilegis de Valencia

Alternative Titles:
  • Valencia privileges
  • Book of privileges
  • Llibre dels privilegis de Valencia
  • Buch der Privilegien
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology

Short Description

The Libre dels privilegis de Valencia is a collection of various legal documents from the origin period of the Kingdom of Valencia and was composed in the 14th century. The documents deal with the separation of powers and the administration of the newly-founded kingdom. It contains texts from Kings Pedro I, Alfonso I, and Jaime II, but the majority of the documents have to do with the edicts of King Jaime I of Valencia. The important manuscript represents an inestimably valuable source for historical research.

Libre dels privilegis de Valencia

The so-called Privileges of Valencia is a collection of legal documents, which were ordered by various noble dignitaries of the Kingdom of Aragon. The handwritten, repeatedly reworked and appended codex possesses inestimable worth for historical research. It is one of the most comprehensive legal texts from the Kingdom of Valencia’s period of origin. The manuscript in the Gothic style is illustrated with numerous decorative initials, which are elaborately patterned and designed with high-quality colors.

A New Realm Emerges

The Privileges of Valencia was commissioned by the Aragonese monarchs for a specific purpose. The book’s norms and legislative regulations were meant to serve as a direct connector between the monarchy and the common people. The commoners of Valencia were meant to obtain insight into all of the levels of government administration. The book regulated the separation of powers and established certain processes in the realm that was recently founded by the Crown of Aragon. The codex delivers detailed information about the reign of the first monarchs, King Jaime I in particular.

Various Versions

The privileges were originally written on parchment. Having said that, the texts were integrated into various collections, reconditioned, and expanded. The Libre dels privilegis de Valencia is the most comprehensive collection of the written laws steeped in tradition. It is also simultaneously the first truly complete collection of this text and its original specimen has been stored in the royal archive of the Crown of Aragon for centuries – possibly since its genesis. This historically important collection of texts contains over 100 documents from the reign of Kings Jaime I, Pedro I, Alfonso I, and Jaime II of Valencia. That being said, the majority of the documents, 75 altogether, originate from the reign of Jaime I, the Conqueror.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Valencia privileges
Book of privileges
Llibre dels privilegis de Valencia
Buch der Privilegien
Size / Format
116 pages / 36.0 x 25.5 cm
Date
14th century
Style
Gothic

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Libre dels privilegis de Valencia“

Llibre dels privilegis de Valencia
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
Libre dels privilegis de Valencia – Manuscritos Casa Real número 9 – Archivo de la Corona de Aragón (Barcelona, Spain)
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Llibre dels privilegis de Valencia

3 volumes: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 1988
Limited Edition
3000 copies
Binding
Parchment on wooden board with metallic shield. Dust jacket containing the facsimile volume and the commentary volume.
Commentary
1 volume (564 pages) by Vicente García Edo
Languages: Spanish, latin
More Information
Specially made paper with the same characteristics as the original. Limited edition numbered and signed by notary.
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