Monday, July 15, 2013

Growing unease

Barcelona, 11th December 1713

It was as if a bomb had fallen on the Generality Palace. That morning, the main weekly gazette in Barcelona dared to explicitly express the doubts and fears that an ever increasing part of the Principality's population had been silently brewing up. Some high officials tried to abort the gazette distribution by threatening the editor about defeatism prosecution. Only the energetic intervention of the Barcelona town Major prevented this to finally happen --not without some serious fisticuffs between Government and Municipality guards in front of the Publisher's workshop façade. Face to the uncertainties the newspaper had brought to public minds, a deep political crisis seemed unavoidable.

Meanwhile, the growingly demoralized Catalan forces prepared themselves for the next clash with King Philip's armies --another week else...