Estate management in Spain around the year 1000: the emergence of a feudal society?

23JUNHO 2024, 11:30-13:30
Seminar MIAS - EHEHI

Robert Portass
Fellow MIAS - François Chevalier


  • Robert Portass
    Fellow MIAS - François Chevalier


Casa de Velázquez
Salle Pierre Paris

Time: 11:30-13:30

Language: English


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In most pre-modern societies, political and economic power were inextricably bound up with the ownership of land. This premise has been widely accepted by historians of medieval Europe, most accepting that the interests of the lordly class and the peasantry were structurally opposed. This seminar paper looks to test this premise by thinking about the mechanics of estate management in early medieval Spain. Working outwards from a single, highly unusual and very complex inventory, I will try to reveal something of the workings of a large estate around the year 1000, to show that we must turn our attention to the inner dynamics of non-elite groups, consider the embeddedness of writing in non-elite contexts, and revisit the enduring legacy of Roman estate management practices, if we are to understand rural society in something approaching its full complexity.


Fig.: Tumbo de Celanova: Madrid, Archivo Histórico Nacional, Códices, L. 986, fol. 86r.


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