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Wednesday 18 March 2020 14.00 - 16.00
X-3 SOC05 Sources and Methods for the Study of Social Inequality in the Premodern Iberian Peninsula (14th-16th Centuries)
Matthias de Vrieshof 4, 008A
Network: Social Inequality Chair: Pere Verdés
Organizers: Esther Tello, Pere Verdés Discussant: José Antonio Jara Fuente
Luis Almenar Fernández : Inventories, Inequality, and Consumption in Late Medieval Valencia
The late medieval period is generally acknowledged to be a context of rising inequality, but also of improvements in material culture for several social ranks, from nobles to villagers. This papers enquiries into the relation between both historical phenomena through the evidence of late medieval Valencia. For this purpose, it ... (Show more)
The late medieval period is generally acknowledged to be a context of rising inequality, but also of improvements in material culture for several social ranks, from nobles to villagers. This papers enquiries into the relation between both historical phenomena through the evidence of late medieval Valencia. For this purpose, it explores quantitatively the items of a sample of Valencian probate inventories so as to measure how consumption developed over time. The sample is also explored by turning to Gini indexes to see if there is a correlation between consumption inequality and wealth inequality during the period. The results are discussed in the context of our current knowledge of wealth inequality trends in late medieval Iberia. (Show less)

Gema Rayo : Sources to Analyse the Wealth of the Castilian Church: the Bishoprics of the Kingdom of Granada as a Case Study
This paper will explore a series of fiscal sources in order to analyse the origin of the wealth of the bishoprics of the kingdom of Granada and the evolution of their wealth between their foundation and the 1520s. In doing so, I will show how the extant documentation held in ... (Show more)
This paper will explore a series of fiscal sources in order to analyse the origin of the wealth of the bishoprics of the kingdom of Granada and the evolution of their wealth between their foundation and the 1520s. In doing so, I will show how the extant documentation held in the diocesan, cathedral, and royal archives allows us to reconstruct the incomes, properties, and wages of bishops, cathedral chapters, parishes, and priests. Additionally, it will be discussed the possible limits these sources have when studying these issues. Finally, I will analyse whether this specific model can be extrapolated or not to other areas of Castile. (Show less)

Albert Reixach : Testing Fiscal Registers with other Sources for the Study of Inequalities in Premodern Catalan Towns: Girona, c. 1360-c. 1570
This paper proposal deals with the employment of registers deriving from the collection of direct taxes in order to retrace the economic inequalities existing in Catalan towns during the period between approximately 1360 and 1570. Scholarly literature devoted to the assessment of inequalities in Premodern Europe has frequently resorted to ... (Show more)
This paper proposal deals with the employment of registers deriving from the collection of direct taxes in order to retrace the economic inequalities existing in Catalan towns during the period between approximately 1360 and 1570. Scholarly literature devoted to the assessment of inequalities in Premodern Europe has frequently resorted to this kind of sources and the methods associated with them have been recently applied to the Crown of Aragon. Through a case study centred on Girona, a representative city of this territory, it aims to evaluate the potentialities and limitations of this procedure. Using mainly notarial records with plenty of acts documenting the patrimonies, dowries received or paid, activities and investments of a large sample of the families and individuals involved, it will observe the capacity of tax registers to illustrate not only economic inequalities according to different levels of taxation, but also their long-time evolution. (Show less)

Luis Sales : Private Litigation as a Pattern for Determining Social Inequalities (XIV c. Catalonia)
In this paper, we will assess if the access to local private jurisdictional courts, in suits over private contracts, is a reliable indicator of social inequalities within small towns and rural areas in the late medieval Catalonia. This proposal is made attending the availability of court records for certain spots ... (Show more)
In this paper, we will assess if the access to local private jurisdictional courts, in suits over private contracts, is a reliable indicator of social inequalities within small towns and rural areas in the late medieval Catalonia. This proposal is made attending the availability of court records for certain spots in northern Catalonia (namely, baronial-held territories around the royal city of Girona) and the chance to collate the data provided with other illustrative sources, like wills and dowries, for those same districts. Our initial hypothesis is that, although most serf peasants and town laborers attended non-compulsory proceedings in the courts (displaying a certain knowledge on how to deal with the Law and also self-reliance), during the XVth c. the higher strata of these communities were to develop more efficient ways of interacting with the institutions. Ultimately, they would even predate the proceedings of baronial courts in order to frame their social and economic pursuits. (Show less)



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