Learn about the town’s history through historical characters
With the twin goals of making the history of Hostalric accessible to children and promoting the town, we’ve produced a range of T-shirts to fit children between 4 and 12 years old.
The T-shirts display images representing the town and have been designed by the illustrator Jorge Voss.
Bernat II of Cabrera is a knight of the mediaeval town. He was a member of one of the most powerful dynasties of the Catalan aristocracy in the Middle Ages, serving as an admiral of the Royal Armada and as right-hand man to Pere III “the Ceremonious”. Court intrigues led to his downfall and he met a tragic end – executed by order of the king. It was thanks to him that the town of Hostalric became the epicentre of the viscounty of Cabrera.
Siset of the Friars Tower represents Captain Francisco Oliver. He formed part of the third regiment of the Miquelets of Girona and was guarding the Friars Tower during the Peninsular War. When the French army tried to take the tower on 16 January 1810, the courageous captain warned the fortress governor of the danger through smoke signals. The governor then gave the order to launch grenades and fire bullets into the area surrounding the fortress. However, the captain died on 20 January when a grenade he was about to throw exploded in his hands. The next day the French troops seized control of the tower.
Meanwhile, Clara de cal Malla is a fictitious literary character placed in the context of real historical facts. She’s the protagonist of “L’Incendi d’Hostalric” (“The Fire of Hostalric”), a play written by Bartomeu Carcassona and Ramon Mora in 1866, set in Peninsular War. It’s a prequel to another play “Les Joies de la Roser” (“Roser’s jewels”), written by Frederic Soler Pitarra in 1865. Clara is a very strong and brave girl who’s ready to take up arms if necessary. In “Les Joies de la Roser” she becomes a mother to Roser, the daughter of Maria, the other female protagonist of the “L’Incendi d’Hostalric”, who dies at the hands of the French troops.
The T-shirts are priced at €8 each and can be purchased at the Hostalric Tourist Office.