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Author Kosto, Adam J

Title Making agreements in medieval Catalonia : power, order, and the written word, 1000-1200 / Adam J. Kosto
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 366 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Series Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought ; 4th series
Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought ; 4th ser., 51
Contents 1. The First Convenientia: Social and Documentary Change Around the Year 1000. The documentary context. Early Catalan convenientiae, c. 1021-50. Convenientiae and the "crisis" of Catalan society -- 2. Making Agreements. Castle tenure and military service. Structures of power in convenientiae. Treaties. Dispute settlement. Exploiting the land. Family settlements. Promises -- 3. Keeping Agreements. Penalty clauses. Sureties. Procedure. Case studies: Pallars and Empuries/Rossello. Oaths -- 4. Foundations (The Eleventh Century). Counts. Lay aristocracy. Episcopal castles. Monastic military lordship -- 5. Fortunes (The Twelfth Century). Renewal. Conflict. Change -- 5. Writing and Power. Administration. The Usatges de Barcelona
Summary This study examines the role of written agreements in eleventh- and twelfth-century Catalonia, and how they determined the social and political order. By tracing the fate of these agreements - or convenientiae - from their first appearance to the late twelfth century, it is possible to demonstrate the remarkable stability of the fluid structures which they engendered in what is generally thought of as 'feudal society'. The process of documentary change reveals the true nature and pace of the 'transformation of the year 1000'. Analysis of the convenientia as an instrument of power and its interaction with oral practices contributes to a deeper understanding of the role of the written word in medieval societies. Finally, a broad historiographical context establishes the significance of this study of Catalonia for a more general appreciation of the medieval Mediterranean world
Notes Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 318-345) and indexes
Notes English
Subject Power (Social sciences) -- Spain -- Catalonia -- History -- To 1500
Juristic acts -- Spain -- Catalonia -- History -- To 1500
Oaths -- Spain -- Catalonia -- History -- To 1500
Feudalism -- Spain -- Catalonia -- History
Form Electronic book
Author Luscombe, D. E, Contributor
Carpenter, Christine, Contributor
LC no. 00062162
ISBN 0511156480