Palabras para delimitar y describir espacios y paisajesLeón en los siglos X-XII

  1. Pascual Martínez Sopena 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Valladolid

    Universidad de Valladolid

    Valladolid, España


Las palabras del paisaje y el paisaje en las palabras de la Edad Media: estudios de lexicografía latina medieval hispana
  1. Estrella Pérez Rodríguez (coord.)

Publisher: Brepols Publishers NV

ISBN: 978-2-503-58097-5

Year of publication: 2018

Pages: 133-154

Type: Book chapter


This paper applies the concepts of co-spatiality and imagery of the space in the Leonese kingdom between the tenth and twelfth centuries. Its test bed is the valley of the Porma River. The source of chis river is in the Cantabrian mountains, and it joins the Esla a few kilometres south of the city of Leon. The study is based on the documents of a community of fratres hermits that inhabited an area of the region known as Perameno/ Pardomino. After assessing the meaning of lexicography in the studies of medieval history on the kingdom of León that have been developed in the last thirty-five years, the essay contrasts two models of occupation of the territory in thc tenth century, which is a period of intense colonization of the country: the hermits, which acquire exclusive rights under the protection of kings, and local communities, which seek to incorporate farmland, pastures and forest uses. In the immediate period, the expansion of the Perameno fratres throughout the Porma Valley serves to appreciate the difference in life forms between the highlands and the lowlands of León. In the second half of the eleventh century, the religious reform experienced by the Hispanic Church, which is part of a continental phenomenon, proposes points of view on the transfer of symbolic landscapes. These approaches highlight the importance of confrontation and the negotiation of agreements. They also suggest that the characteristics of co-spatiality changed over time. That is, the models of housing, jurisdictional, and religious spaces. Given that words can be representations of things and situations - "words introduce the historian in the field of mental representations", wrote Bourin and Zadora-Rio - all of this offers a lexicographical dimension.