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Station Algajola: Nobility in Corsica

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Station Algajola: Nobility in Corsica

Corsican nobility differs from those of the continent by the many changes in its definition, related to the specific culture and history of the island. In modern times, it has not exercised leadership role in relation to its status and acceptance is subject to variation according to the times, regions and people. Like what was done on the continent, the first appearance of the nobility in Corsica can be dated to the time of Charlemagne. Thus, many families claim the mythical Ugo Colonna, Count of Corsica, sent by the Emperor to deliver the island from the yoke of the Moors. Feudal nobility fell into place in the twelfth century as a relay between the Republic of Pisa and island populations. In the fourteenth century, produced a great peasant, led by a semi-mythical monk Sambocucciu Alando, which drove the lords of the below-des-monts (Haute-Corse). "Land of the common" when born, however dominated by a pseudo-feudal nobility, that of caporali or corporals, ancestors of the clan leaders. Later, they say caporalices families will claim their descent from a "Corporal" (capurale), notable village or regional elected in the Middle Ages to play a role of intercession and protection, see Giacobbi family. However, various fiefs continued to be offered in the Corsican Cape Town and beyond-the mountains (Corse-du-Sud and Earth Lords). At the time of the Middle Ages, feudal various Corsican tried in vain to establish their authority over the island enjoying the repeated conflicts between Genoa, then sovereign power of the island and its various neighbors, including the Kingdom of Aragon.

Station Algajola: Nobility in Corsica
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