The rise and decline of an Iberian bourgeoisie : Manresa in the later Middle Ages, 1250-1500 /
Jeff Fynn-Paul.
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
xxii, 347 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
1107091942, 9781107091948
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Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
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Introduction: Catalan urban institutions, the Catalan bourgeoisie and the late medieval crisis -- Part I, Politics: The creation of a regional capital : town government and royal policy -- A portrait of the Manresan patriciate -- Plague, war and calamity : the makings of the fourteenth-century crisis at Manresa -- The practice of government at Manresa during the fourteenth-century crisis -- Part II, Economy: The Aragonese financial revolution : a nexus of state formation and personal investment -- Demography, wages and prices in the age of the Black Death -- Fruits of the urban system : equality, inequality and quality of life -- Conclusion: The rise and decline of Manresan civic vitality as a function of the city's "bourgeois system," 1250-1500.
"The Rise and Decline of an Iberian Bourgeoisie is one of the first long-term studies in English of an Iberian town during the late medieval crisis. Focusing on the Catalonian city of Manresa, Jeff Fynn-Paul expertly integrates Iberian historiography with European narratives to place the city's social, political and economic development within the broader context of late medieval urban decline. Drawing from extensive archival research, including legal and administrative records, royal letters, and a cadastral survey of more than 640 households entitled the 1408 Liber Manifesti, the author surveys the economic strategies of both elites and non-elites to a level previously unknown for any medieval town outside of Tuscany and Ghent. In a major contribution to the series, The Rise and Decline of an Iberian Bourgeoisie reveals how a combination of the Black Death, royal policy, and a new public debt system challenged, and finally undermined urban resilience in Catalonia"--
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-344) and index.

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