In the 14th century, Du Guesclin and the cruel members of the White Companies they impose terror on Catalan lands and when they arrive at Montblanc demand or i gifts in exchange for not razing the village. To prevent the nights from falling into the hands of these mercenaries, a bride accused of witchcraft, a danger and a monk from Poblet hauran to find the legendary Llança de Sant Jordi, which confers extraordinary powers on its bearer. Who is the truth that threatens the legend of Sant Jordi? Cavallers, princeses, llances sagradas, roses i dracs. All the elements are troben in La rosa i la creu (Rosa dels Vents), the latest novel by Jordi Nogués, historian and writer who lives in Valls. after naumachiaon a trip to Ancient Rome, Nogués returns to l’Edat Mitjana, this cop between reality and legend.
Return to the Catalunya Nova after a time in Rome.
Potser en castellà soc més refinat escrivint, but soc catalanoparlant i en la meva llengua I use the parlar de la Conca, for example, expressions molt autèntiques, that em fan feel molt còmode. Unlike in Naumaquia, who could be a llunyà spectator, in La rosa i la creu m’he felt more integrated into the narration.
I have not sabut trobar el drac.
doncs surt. As soon as he began the investigation, he was able to catch the five great icons of Montblanc’s legend: Sant Jordi, the princess, the dragon, the walls and the rose. I will have to pass some mesos ends that vaig fer a final reflection. Is that the gener of 1366 hi there was a group of mercenaries, les Companyies Blanques, behind the walls of Montblanc. One of these cabdills duia with the emblem of the Wessex drac and this home will die on April 23 and with this one given in vaig trobar a fortnight more. I will not say that a historical thing followed, but there are many clues that indicate that some fet molt semblant is going to happen to the legend, tot i that a more humane version.
Aleshores, the White Companies will exist.
Yes. They were in the Centennial War that confronted the French and Anglesa monarchies. It is not that hundreds of years of rain fell, for which reason, in the periods of Pau, these homes, about 12,000, are dedicated to assaulting. Aleshores, the Pope, who was calling Avinyó, and the King of France was going to order Marxar del Pirineu cap avall. It will be when they arrive here and it will be the moment when they will begin to build the walls of Montblanc, Barcelona, Cervera or Lloret. Soon there will be a civil war in Castella, between Trastàmara and his Germanastre and they will contract. But they will generate a great climate of panic.
Llavors, Calveley and Du Guesclin…
They are real characters. In Calveley he was the most lletja person that hi ha hagut in this Terra, as ho descric. From the information that vaig trobar, els vaig reflect as they eat. At Du Guesclin he was more noble, and at Calveley more pirate. From fet, to mitja battle he is going to change from bandol, he is going to leave the French for anar amb els anglesos. Calveley had bad feelings, he was a traitor.
How was the wall of Montblanc resisting a setge d’aquests mercenaris?
It is not going to pose mai a prova.
«Sant Jordi represents the lluita del bé against evil. He is an avatar of the Archangel Miquel and the paradigm of being for excellence »
The tract that explains the novel is going to produce?
No, but something or something else was allowed to happen because the village is not going to be razed to the ground. Aquesta gent volia diners, queviures i donas.
Gifts, little more than merchandise…
It was l’Edat Mitjana. We have to think that hi havia dons molt potents i d’altres, submises i esclaves.
In all cases, if you made a setge, how many temps could the population withstand?
It would depend very much on the water. In principle, dos ans ben bons sense to sort. Això yes, tenint aigua i menjar, tot molt racionat. At the heart of the hivern, those who passed by more badly were those who were outside, because of the idea of fighting them, in principle, at good times. Lluitant a l’hivern s’obrien noves estratègies, but als soldiers els annoying molt pel fred que patien.
«In the 14th century, when Europe plagued, Castella i l’Aragó, Montblanc had a spectacular population increase»
What does the Creu de Sant Jordi symbolize, the one that the Generalitat celebrates every year?
Sant Jordi represents the lluita del bé against evil. It is the paradigm of bé per excel·lència. We can be believers or not, but all of us have a base of Catholic formation. And Catholicism is a straight line from start to finish: white and black, good and bad. In aquest sentit, in Jordi he is an avatar of l’Arcàngel Miquel, he is the paladí of the bé against the dimoni. Hi there are two things, one is the sant i l’altra, the legend that ens up after.
Where is the origin?
Sant Jordi was a Roman general from the 4th century after Crist whom the emperor was going to demand to kill some Christians. He is going to deny because he was also a Christian, for which reason, l’assassinen. He killed three cops and for three cops he resuscitated ends that turned him into a martyr. Llavors, the Christians of the time lived a small temple in Palestine, in the lands of Islam and from here began to create a legend about this green knight. In the twelfth century, at the time of the third Creuada, Saladí devastates the temple, hope that, when the Christians arrive, they value it positively. Vull dir, sees that it is a mite molt potent. Lluitar per Sant Jordi is becoming an emblem. When they return to Europe, this story of the green knight, defender of the be against evil, is transformed into legend.
How will the legend find?
No hi ha cap documentation written before the 19th century. They say that Joan Amades will collect it, but it is not certified. She is going to be a donut, l’Agna de Valldaura, writer and translator. This lady is going to dedicate to you a review of the oral traditions that I had in the towns and in you was going to give a book. He assumed that at the beginning it was a simpler story, that with the times it is going to be magnified with different elements.
«The nobles were willing to bury the monestirs on hi had relics and ho feien amb l’or o l’aixovar, just like the pharaohs d’Egipte»
I also reflect Poblet. Who was there a relationship between monestir and Montblanc?
Poblet is Cistercian and Montblanc is from a royal foundation, and although it has a very different origin, it is the peak moment of its two structures. In the 14th century, 1350, is the time of the black plague throughout Europe, in Castella and l’Aragó, with a mortality of between 30 and 50% of the population. Malgrat tot, Montblanc had a spectacular population growth and most of the buildings are of this moment. You have a vitality of belief that raises the attention of historians. Meanwhile, in the case of Poblet, the seu zenit could be capped in the XV century, but they are due realitats molt potents that conviuen molt de prop.
How important was the traffic in relics?
Hi there was a double vessant. For one band, the most spiritual said that if a monk had a relic, he would be forced to do so. Per l’altra, els més pàctics, wielding that month by month, this relic brought parishioners amb diners. I això was importantíssim because the nobles were buried there, offered the seu or, els aixovars, com a l’època dels pharaohs. Indeed, three thousand years have passed since Ancient Egypt and many similar things continue. La rosa i la creu fins i tot hi has a page with descriptions of the Poblet relics because they are authentic. It is to say, they have totes. Ara, com pots to demonstrate that the pols d’un os és d’a determined saint? Doncs is a question of faith.
Why Sant Jordi for a novella?
Sant Jordi is the first superhero of the scoundrel of Catalonia. He is the one who kills the dragon. Personally, he has always liked history. But this has been a difficult novel, for which I have needed eleven months to document myself. Normally, I work both faster.
What do you think the princess who killed the dragon followed?
Perfect. From fet, to the novel no només triomfa Sant Jordi. Why not?