Religion and Civil Society

Representations of power in the Iberian Peninsula during the late medieval period

Representación del poder en la Península Ibérica bajomedieval

The subproject “Representations of power in the Iberian Peninsula during the late medieval period: Ceremonies, oaths and emblems” aims to analyze power’s function, as well as its representation and dissemination, in medieval Spain. Its principle purpose is to better understand the difficulties we face today in the current political landscape based on the experience of medieval societies.

Nothing is more tangible than the effects of power, but nothing is less tangible than power itself. For this reason, starting with the effects of power and honing in on what produces them, this project intends to research the various ways power was represented— such as coronation ceremonies, oaths and emblems— in medieval Spain. We will then compare Spain’s experience in this regard with other Western European empires, such as France and England.

Research on the idea of power and its representations has obvious practical implications, since its resulting ideas can be applied to political practice. Given this, we will incorporate participation from sociologists and political scientists, encouraging them to make use of the data, ideas and interpretations that arise from this project. Knowledge of political symbols and the understanding of their meanings can enhance the symbolic intelligence of citizens, which complements (rather than eliminates) the rationalism proper to our era.

This subproject was developed from 2016 to 2018 under the direction of researchers Jaume Aurell and Montserrat Herrero. It received funding from the Spanish Ministry of Economy (Ref. HAR2014-58542-P).





Jaume AurellJaume Aurell
Office 2130
(2nd floor, Humanities Library)



Montserrat HerreroMontserrat Herrero
Office 2100
(2nd floor ICS)
Extension ICS: 803222

Research team

· Álvaro Fernández de Córdova (Universidad de Navarra)
· María Narbona (Universidad de Zaragoza)
· Teófilo Ruiz (UCLA)
· Martin Aurell (Université de Poitiers)

Supported by (2016-2018)

Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad