Renæssanceforum 8 • 2012

Alejandro Coroleu
Latin and political propaganda in early modern Catalunya: the case of the Guerra dels segadors

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Latin played an important role as the language of political discourse and propaganda in the Catalan-speaking lands in the early modern period. As with the Germanies rebellion in sixteenth-century Valencia and the War of Spanish Succession in the early eighteenth century, Latin assisted Catalan scholars and politicians during the war of 1640 to 1652, the so-called Catalan Revolt or Guerra dels Segadors (Reapers' War). In this essay I examine three tracts written during the conflict, in which Latin was used by Catalan scholars in attempting to offset the arguments employed by their political counterparts.