By Helena Miguélez-Carballeira
Of all of the differentiated areas comprising modern Spain, Galicia is in all probability the main deeply marked via political, fiscal and cultural inequities through the centuries. in all probability because of the absence of a nationally conscious neighborhood bourgeoisie and the enduringly colonial constructions informing Spanish-Galician monetary and cultural family, strategies of nationwide building within the area were patchily profitable. in spite of the fact that, Galicia's cultural distinctness is definitely recognisable to the observer, from the language spoken within the region---the modern version of outdated Galician-Portuguese---to the explicit kinds of the Galician outfitted panorama, with its specific mix of indigenous, imported and hybrid components. the current quantity deals English-language readers an in-depth advent to the critical facets of Galician cultural heritage, from pre-historical occasions to the current day. when recognition is given to the conventional parts of medieval tradition, language, modern heritage and politics, the publication additionally privileges compelling modern views on cinema, structure, town of Santiago de Compostela and the city characteristics of Galician tradition this present day. Helena Miguélez-Carballeira is a Senior Lecturer in Hispanic reports at Bangor college, and Director of the Centre for Galician reviews in Wales
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The most important of these testimonies are gathered in three large compendia: i) the Cancioneiro da Ajuda (A), which contains 310 cantigas de amor and is the only cancioneiro which is contemporaneous with the heyday of troubadourism; ii) the Cancioneiro da Biblioteca Nacional de Lisboa (B), an Italian apographical songbook dating from the sixteenth cen- GALICIAN CULTURE AND WRITTEN CULTURE IN THE MIDDLE AGES 19 tury which was commissioned by the humanist Angelo Colocci and collects 1,567 pieces from the three main lyric genres, the cantigas de amor, the cantigas de amigo and the cantigas de escarnio e maldizer; iii) the Cancioneiro da Biblioteca Vaticana (V), another apographical collection, copied at the behest of Colocci and reproducing 1,205 compositions, similar in grouping to that of B.
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It is no less true, however, that internal communications within the region as a whole – which were needed to guarantee Galicia’s integration and cohesion – were barely better than cart tracks. From the perspective of landownership the structures of indenture had persisted well into the early twentieth century with their division between the owners of the directo (those who received the rent) and the owners of the útil 36 XOSÉ RAMÓN VEIGA (those who worked the land). The Galician foro (agrarian land-lease contract) continued to be the dominant contract and its characteristics influenced other landowning formulas in use at the time.