Politar Andorrà might best be explained by its subtitle, which translates from the original Catalan as: From the origins, government and religion, the privileges, uses, pre-eminences, common law, and prerogatives of the Valleys of Andorra. Owing much to the sublime works of the very illustrious Dr. Anton Fiter i Rossell of Ordino, and to the treasures of the archives of the illustrious Council of the Valleys, in the year 1763 by the Reverend Antoni Puig. Antoni Puig was inspired by the Manual Digest de las Valls neutras de Andorra (Manual digest of the neutral valleys of Andorra), better known as the Manual Digest, written by Fiter i Rossell, chief magistrate of episcopal Andorra, in 1748. The earlier work is a compilation containing the transcribed historical records of Andorra, beginning with documents issued by Charlemagne (742‒814) and his son Louis the Pious (778‒840). It also includes the series of moral rules grouped under the name of the “Principles.” These rules are a continuation of Catalan common law, based on Roman and canon law and embodied in the Usatges (or Usages) of Barcelona, the legal code promulgated by Ramon Berenguer I (circa 1023‒1076), the count of Barcelona, in 1064–68. The documents are in Catalan and Latin. In the book considered here, the Reverend Puig summarizes the contents of the Manual Digest, but he also includes additional information and documentation. The two books are highly valued as among the most important records of Andorran history.
Title in Original Language
Politar Andorrà: De la Antiquitat, govern y religio, del privilegis, usos, preeminencias, consuetuts y prerogativas de la Vall de Andorra
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