Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Maria de Portugal, una dona amagada per la Història

Elena Cantarell Barella, Mireia Comas Vía


The points of departure of this article are our own researches, which talked about Maria of Portugal and widowhood during the 14th century, respectively. We were interested in the figure of Maria of Portugal as example of all that kind of people, mostly women but also children, who where treated as change currency by their relatives. They were used to guaranty peace treaties and other agreements, but also as hostages in war times. This article is based on the study of Maria’s will, which is preserved in the Arxiu de la Corona d’Aragó. However we also thought necessary to present the figure of Maria of Portugal in order to grasp, not only the events that marked her life, but also the way they influenced in her thoughts and feelings.

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