The Rise and Decline of an Iberian Bourgeoisie - Manresa in the Later Middle Ages, 1250–1500

Jeff Fynn-Paul’s new monograph The Rise and Decline of an Iberian Bourgeoisie: Manresa in the Later Middle Ages, 1250-1500 was published in November by Cambridge University Press, as part of the Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought series.

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 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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