Land Legislation of the Macedonian Emperors (Mediaeval Sources in Translation)

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Published by Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2000
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Synopsis: The land legislation issued by the emperors of the Macedonian dynasty is the most important source for the internal history of tenth-century Byzantium. This volume offers the first full translation of the land legislation into English. To make the work accessible to non-specialists and specialists alike, the introduction covers the background and content of the legislation, and reviews the principal institutions of Byzantine rural society: the village communes, the military lands, and the monasteries. The translations aim to strike a balance between adherence to the technical nature of the documents and presentation of clear, readable texts. Where necessary, technical terms and specific details are explained in the notes to the translations; the notes also direct the reader to the relevant scholarly literature concerning the legal, social, and agrarian aspects of the land legislation. Maps and a glossary are also included as aids to the reader.

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Publisher: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Publication Date: 2000
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Book Description Brepols Publishers 0. Softcover. Condition: Verlagsfrisch New copy. Verlagsfrisch New copy SOFORT LIEFERBAR - IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE !!! Mediaeval Sources in Translation (MST 38) The Land Legislation of the Macedonian Emperors E. McGeer (ed.) 160 p., 140 x 210 mm, 2000 ISBN: 978-0-88844-288-8 Languages: English Paperback Retail price: EUR 56,00 The land legislation issued by the emperors of the Macedonian dynasty is the most important source for the internal history of tenth-century Byzantium. In his edict of 934, the emperor Romanos Lekapenos declared that the prosperity and stability of the rural populace were essential to the empire's fiscal and military well-being. He stated this at a time when imperial control over the mainstay of the fiscal system - the village communes and the peasant smallholders who inhabited them - was threatened by powerful magnates, members of an emerging aristocracy, who were entering the rural communities to acquire peasant lands and labour. The challenge to imperial authority in the countryside had become even more serious after the terrible famine of 927-928, which had forced many peasants to sell or give up their lands to 'the powerful', as Lekapenos called the magnates in his legislation. For the next sixty years, Lekapenos and his successors used the law to defend 'the poor' from the depredations of the 'powerful' and to preserve the fiscal and military system on which imperial authority rested. Buch. Seller Inventory # 3113

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