Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Peasant Servitude in Mediaeval Catalonia

Paul Freedman


The essay looks at the late-mediaeval serfs in Catalunya Vella who were known as remences, peasants tied to the land they occupied and
to their lords by the necessity to redeem themselves from servitude in order to obtain the freedom to move away. They also were
subject to what were considered degrading payments known as mals usos (bad customs). The way such a condition came about, the
reason it affected only part of the Principality of Catalonia and the origins of the remences revolt of 1462-1486 are the main topics of the article.

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