Excerpt from The Life and Times of James the First: The Conqueror, King of Aragon, Valencia, and Majorca Count of Barcelona and Urgel Lord of Montpellier
IN its original form this book was written for the Marquis of Lothian's prize, open annually for competition to junior members of the University of Oxford. The subject for 1889 was 'james I of Aragon, ' and the present work is an expansion of the unfinished essay which I then sent in to the examiners, and to which they awarded an honourable mention.
The book, however, would never, perhaps, have been completed, had it not been for the kind encouragement and invaluable help of a friend, by whose advice I visited some of the principal archives and libraries of Spain in the years 1889 and 1890.
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