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La tierra en manos de menestrales. Las posesiones agrarias de los artesanos valencianos (1370-1450)


  • Iván Martínez Araque

    (Universitat de València)


During the Late Middle Ages, in many European regions, artisans owned large amounts of land, though these were not central to their work activity. In the Valencian case, there are constant references to this in notarial and judicial sources. Nevertheless, there have been few in-depth studies of this subject. This article deals with the role of plots of land in the domestic economies of small enterprises and their importance in the social strategies of the families involved. We offer several examples from around the Valencian region at the end of the 14th and beginning of the 15th century. This includes professionals in small rural towns, as well as artisans from Valencia or other urban centres.

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  • Iván Martínez Araque, 2013. "La tierra en manos de menestrales. Las posesiones agrarias de los artesanos valencianos (1370-1450)," Historia Agraria. Revista de Agricultura e Historia Rural, Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria, issue 60, pages 13-37, august.
  • Handle: RePEc:seh:journl:y:2013:i:60:m:august:p:13-37

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    Middle Ages; Valencia; Artisans; Land Market; History of Labour;

    JEL classification:

    • N54 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: 1913-
    • N34 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Europe: 1913-
    • N63 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand


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