• The years of Ferdinand the Catholic (1479 – 1516) are 
  • considered as some of the most significant in the history 
  • of the Barcelona, and this is mainly due to a series of 
  • political reforms and the introduction of the Inquisition. 
  • Most of the Catalan rural aristocracy migrate to the city 
  • and mixed with the existing oligarchy, whilst the medieval 
  • guilds lived their golden age and monopolized in the 
  • economical activity.

  • However, these were centuries of enormous political 
  • confrontation between the Principality of Catalonia (former 
  • County of Barcelona & part of the Crown of Aragon) and 
  • the Crown of Castile. Two dramatic episodes in Barcelona 
  • occurred.

  • First, the Corpus de Sang in 1640 (a violent peasant 
  • revolt in the city centre against the royal power) followed by 
  • the siege of 1714 and the defeat of Barcelona in the hands 
  • of the Bourbon army, which ended the Spanish War of 
  • Succession (1701 – 1715).

  • 16th – 17th Century
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