Counts - The Origins of Catalonia
2 x 52', 4 x 30 (CAT, ENG subs)
In the 9th century Catalonia was part of the Carolingian empire. The territory was supposed to protect the French Empire from the Islamic invasions.
And the demand for a sovereign state of the Catalan nation goes back to this time. The series reconstructs with extreme historical care the highly politically charged period marked by power struggles. By following the personalities and legacies of a dynasty of fascinating sovereigns, Wilfred the Hairy, Wilfred Borrell, Sunyer I and Borrell II who succeeded one another, the emergence of a new country in medieval Europe is presented.
The series reconstructs the reigns of four Catalan counts who succeeded one another chronologically. They all shared a strong character and firm conviction in defending their political projects:
the honourable Wilfred the Hairy, founder of the House of Barcelona and the first Count to pass the title to his children without the permission of the Carolingian king;
the prudent Wilfred Borrell, who consolidated the sovereignty of the County of Barcelona against Franks and Saracens;
the ambitious Sunyer I, a great warrior and strategist, who expanded the counties and created State structures to control the territory;
and, finally, Borrell II, who with the vision of a statesman, brought the Catalan counties together, made Barcelona great, and declared independence from the Frankish king.
With the existing references in mind, this documentary makes the dramatization as historically faithful as possible. The costumes, weapons and sets have been carefully and realistically reproduced and combined with dramatic fiction and testimonies of a wide range of historians.
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1. The Beginning of the Beginning (Wilfred the Hairy)
2. Counts or Nothing (Wilfred Borrell)
3. Triumph and Tragedy (Sunyer I)
4. Defeat and Freedom (Borell II)
||Comtes - L'origen de Catalunya
||2 x 52', 4 x 30 (CAT, ENG subs)
||Carles Porta, Albert Sánchez Pinol
||La Xarxa, Antàrtida Produccions
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