Making Agreements in Medieval Catalonia: Power, Order, and the Written Word, 1000 1200

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Mai 2006



This book examines the role of written agreements in eleventh- and twelfth-century Catalonia, and how they determined the social and political order. In addition to offering insights into subjects as diverse as the power of counts and bishops and the organization of rural societies, it addresses several current debates in medieval studies: the question of feudalism, the "transformation of the year 1000," medieval literacy, and the nature of Mediterranean societies. It is thus a local study that has wide implications for the history of medieval Europe.


List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgements; Notes on citations, dates and names; List of abbreviations; Map; Introduction: 1. Catalonia and its neighbours; 2. Feudalism in eleventh- and twelfth-century Catalonia; 3. The sources; 4. Historiography of the convenientia; Part I. The First Convenientia: Social and Documentary Change Around the Year 1000: 5. The documentary context; 6. Early Catalan convenientiae, c. 1021-50; 7. Convenientiae and the 'crisis' of Catalan society; Part II. Making Agreements: 8. Castle tenure and military service; 9. Structures of power in convenientiae; 10. Treaties; 11. Dispute settlement; 12. Exploiting the land; 13. Family settlements; 14. Promises; Part III. Keeping Agreements; 15. Penalty clauses; 16. Sureties; 17. Procedure; 18. Case studies: Pallars and Empuries/Rossello; 19. Oaths; Part IV. Foundations (the Eleventh Century): 20. Counts; 21. Lay aristocracy; 22. Episcopal castles; 23. Monastic military lordship; Part V. Fortunes (the Twelfth Century): 24. Renewal; 25. Conflict; 26. Change; Part VI. Writing and power: 27. Administration; 28. The Usatges de Barcelona; 29. The Liber feudorum maior; 30. The end of the convenientia; Table of published documents; Works cited; Index of names; Subject index.


'... a useful overview of the growth of government through the study of contractual documents and the written word from the 10th through 12th centuries in Catalonia ... valuable and highly recommended study for upper-division undergraduate collections and above.' Choice 'This book is a welcome addition to Catalan and Iberian studies; with its thorough and unimpeachable archival grounding, Making Agreements will undoubtedly provide Kosto and other historians with a solid foundation on which to base broader studies relating to the development of medieval juridical and administrative regimes both in medieval Catalonia and elsewhere Latin Christendom.' Brian A. Catlos, The Medieval Review '... this will be an invaluable reference work for all medieval Hispanists.' Bulletin of Hispanic Studies '... a timely contribution to the ongoing debate concerning the so-called 'transformation of the year 1000' in western Europe as a whole.' History 'This is a major contribution to Catalan medieval history and to the wider issues of social and legal change in Western Europe in this period.' English Historical Review '... Kosto's arguments are both water-tight and convincing. ... weighty and magisterial. This is a major contribution to Catalan medieval history and to the wider issues of social and legal change in Western Europe in this period.' Oxford Academic Journals
EAN: 9780521792394
ISBN: 0521792398
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Medieval'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2006
Seitenanzahl: 392 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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