A “Cortes” is a term given to Spanish Nobility that assemble for governing or debating purposes. The Cortes was used in the Kingdoms of Castile, Leon, Catalonia, Aragon and Portugal. Evolved from the Roman Curia, Nobles would met at least once per year to discuss important matters of State (and address grievances). Representative from these Cortes would report the outcomes (or needs) – to The King or Queen. The first Spanish “Cotes” was conveyed in 1254. At the height of it's power during the 14th and 15th Centuries, Civil Wars during the next several hundred years following – would cause them to disband.