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Martin Romera, Maria Angeles ORCID: 0000-0002-0079-8257 (2018): Hermanas desiguales. Las jerarquías urbanas a través de las hermandades bajomedievales. In: Anuario De Estudios Medievales, Vol. 48, No. 1: pp. 81-115
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The present article offers a different approach to urban hierarchies by focusing on the cities' own perspective on the subject, targeting their political associations and their internal system of hierarchical recognition. With that purpose, it studies the phenomenon of Castilian Hermandades (urban leagues or alliances) from their birth in the 13th century to the reign of Henry IV. In particular, it analyses the urban networks that these leagues mirrored and their process of increasing internal hierarchical distinction, sanctioned by the multiplying regulations of these institutions. The main conclusion is that the Hermandades were at the same time symptom and cause of the developing urban hierarchies in the Hispanic area and, therefore, they are a prime setting for the study of this phenomenon.