Revered Church, powerful and numerous grants commune - these were the three powers on which relied Pyrenean monarchy. When kings needed funds, they gathered bishops know and elected representatives of the communes in the crowded meeting, 'Cortes' and Cortes appointed subsidies and taxes. Church Union, the nobility and communities to remain united as long as the continued Reconquista - the reconquest of Moorish Spain land. However, at the end of the XIII century reconquista stopped: the ousted the Moors to the south strengthened in the mountains of Granada and successfully repulsed the attack of militias of chivalry. Accustomed to live without war knighthood left production - and began to plunder their country; mighty grandees unleashed strife, began to fight with the king and claim the money from the municipalities. Infighting continued for half a century; 'Kingdom entirely depopulated, all the grandees lived robbery and unjust mining' - wrote the Castilian chronicler. Royal land and income have been assigned the giants; Tradition says that King Henry III of Castile in Burgos stopped once and wanted to have dinner - but he said that the treasury has no money even for that to buy food, and the king had to lay his cloak. At this time in the palace of the archbishop came noisy feast with the participation of many grandees; King dressed in a dress servants, entered the palace and walked among laid tables, watching the guests. The next morning he called to his grandees, and asked how many kings of Castile. Grandees looked at each other, not knowing what to say. 'It seems to me that they are at least twenty, - said the king - but I want to now the king was I alone. " Enrique grandees demanded return of land seized by royal - but after his death it went in the old way.
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