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The Origins of Peasant Servitude in Medieval Catalonia : Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England - Paul Freedman

The Origins of Peasant Servitude in Medieval Catalonia

Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England

Hardcover Published: 26th July 1991
ISBN: 9780521393270
Number Of Pages: 284

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This book describes the history of peasants in Catalonia, the wealthiest and politically dominant part of the medieval Kingdom of Aragon, between the ninth and fifteenth centuries. It focuses on the period from 1000 to 1300, when free peasants who had held property under favourable frontier conditions were progressively subjugated by their lords. Between 1462 and 1486 Catalan peasants mounted the most successful peasants' war of the Middle Ages, and achieved the formal abolition of servitude. Professor Freedman seeks to explain both the process by which servitude was strengthened over the centuries, and its eventual weakening before a direct moral and military challenge. He addresses both the causes of enserfment and the limitations on its effectiveness. The book integrates archival evidence with the theories of society elaborated by medieval jurists. Comparisons are drawn between Catalonia and other regions, and its experience is situated within a spectrum of different social and economic conditions.

Preface
List of maps
List of tables
List of abbreviations
Introduction: medieval serfdom and Catalonia
Enduring characteristics of rural Catalonia
The free peasants of the ninth to eleventh centuries
Changes in the status of peasants: late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries
Catalan servitude in the thirteenth century
Effects of the Black Death
Peasant agitation and civil war, 1388-1486
Conclusion: origins of Catalan servitude
Appendices
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521393270
ISBN-10: 0521393272
Series: Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 26th July 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59