On the 11th September 1714 Barcelona fell to the troops of Philip V after a 14-month siege. The soldier and historian Francesc de Castellví helped to defend the city and left written testimonial that, 300 years later, helps us to find out how people experienced these events and what happened in the years thereafter.

Francesc de Castellví i Obando (Montblanc, Catalonia, 1682 - Vienna, 1757) was a pro-Austrian (Habsburg) Catalan soldier and historian. Greatly involved in the defense of Barcelona, he ended up exiled to Austria, where he wrote the work he is best-known for: the Historical Narrations, where he described the events between 1700 and 1725 as facts experienced personally.