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Making agreements in medieval Catalonia [electronic resource] : power, order, and the written word, 1000-1200 / Adam J. Kosto.

By: Kosto, Adam J.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought: 4th ser., 51.Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001Description: 1 online resource (xix, 366 p.) : ill., maps.ISBN: 0511018878 (electronic bk.); 9780511018879 (electronic bk.); 0511047037; 9780511047039; 0511119046 (electronic bk.); 9780511119040 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): 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 | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Making agreements in medieval Catalonia.DDC classification: 303.3 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Cover; Half-title; Series-title; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; FIGURES; TABLES; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; NOTE ON CITATIONS, DATES, AND NAMES; ABBREVIATIONS; INTRODUCTION; Chapter 1 THE FIRST CONVENIENTIA: SOCIAL AND DOCUMENTARY CHANGE AROUND THE YEAR 1000; Chapter 2 MAKING AGREEMENTS; Chapter 3 KEEPING AGREEMENTS; Chapter 4 FOUNDATIONS (THE ELEVENTH CENTURY); Chapter 5 FORTUNES (THE TWELFTH CENTURY); Chapter 6 WRITING AND POWER; TABLE OF PUBLISHED DOCUMENTS; WORKS CITED; INDEX OF NAMES; SUBJECT INDEX.
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 that they engendered in what is generally thought of as "feudal society." The opportunity presented by these records to examine 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. The book thus raises in a forceful way many of the questions most intensely debated by historians of medieval Europe.--Publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 318-345) and indexes.

Cover; Half-title; Series-title; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; FIGURES; TABLES; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; NOTE ON CITATIONS, DATES, AND NAMES; ABBREVIATIONS; INTRODUCTION; Chapter 1 THE FIRST CONVENIENTIA: SOCIAL AND DOCUMENTARY CHANGE AROUND THE YEAR 1000; Chapter 2 MAKING AGREEMENTS; Chapter 3 KEEPING AGREEMENTS; Chapter 4 FOUNDATIONS (THE ELEVENTH CENTURY); Chapter 5 FORTUNES (THE TWELFTH CENTURY); Chapter 6 WRITING AND POWER; TABLE OF PUBLISHED DOCUMENTS; WORKS CITED; INDEX OF NAMES; SUBJECT INDEX.

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 that they engendered in what is generally thought of as "feudal society." The opportunity presented by these records to examine 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. The book thus raises in a forceful way many of the questions most intensely debated by historians of medieval Europe.--Publisher description.

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