This is Corallia’s painting.
The title is “My best friend”.
Corallia won 500 euros which she has donated to our school. She has also gained the right to participate in other European painting competitions. WE ARE ALL VERY PROUD OF HER!!!!!
A different king (Jaume I: 1208-2008. 800 years after his history)
by Rosa Roca
Jaume I was and will always be the most important King of the Catalan countries because thanks to him Catalonia became the most powerful country of the Mediterranean.
He had a different story from other Kings. His life was full of difficulties, plots, conquests, … but almost always he came out the winner of those situations.
His father, king Pere the Catholic, didn’t love his wife, Maria of Montpellier, and the king’s advisers had to prepare a special date night so the Queen could become pregnant by her husband, the King.
When he was a child, he was orphaned but before, he was handed-over by his father as a hostage to his French enemy, Simó of Montfort. Under the guidance of this French nobleman, baby Jaume lived the early years of his childhood -should not be easy for him!
The Pope of Rome forced the French nobleman to return the child to the Catalan nobility, who thought this would be the best for all of them, because, then, they could do whatever they wanted with the young boy.
He was crowned king when he was five years old, and when he was 13 years old, his marriage to Elionor of Castella, his first wife, was arranged. During quite some time, the Catalan nobility governed as they liked, until King Jaume I felt powerful enough to rule. The Catalan nobility had hoped that this “little king” would become a big governor with a hard personality and with the good gifts to govern Catalonia and to impose his power over all of them.
He sought the help of the people with economic power of the Catalan cities to impose his power to the nobility, and, at the same time, he sought the help of the Catalan noblemen to conquest the territories to Muslims (Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Murcia,…) and this is the reason why, in Catalonia, he’s called “The King of the Catalan countries”.
Also, they were difficult moments that did not give good results for Catalonia, for example, the Trafficking in Courbeille, which ceded the territory of Catalonia in France.
His personal life was also a struggle of love but that, maybe, is a more complicated story to tell.
When he died, he divided all his possessions among his heirs, that is, all that he achieved in life to join was disjoined in death.
Here are some photos that Marika has taken from the arrival of Pegasus in the central square of our town. Pegasus is the symbol of Corinth and you can see it in the town’s emblem