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The Rise and Decline of an Iberian Bourgeoisie

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.

Author
Jeff Fynn-Paul
Date
01 November 2015
Links
Cambridge University Press

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 seldom achieved for a late medieval city.  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. 

  • One of the first long-term studies of a late medieval Iberian town in English

  • Draws from the 1408 Liber Manifesti - the most detailed survey of urban household assets for any town outside of the 1427 Florentine Catasto

  • Explores how the combination of the Black Death, crown initiatives, and a new public debt system challenged and overcame urban resilience in Catalonia. 

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