Aristocracy and litigation in the seventeenth century: a transnational space for family lawsuits

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Show simple item record TERRASA-LOZANO, Antonio 2011-05-23T13:39:27Z 2011-05-23T13:39:27Z 2009
dc.identifier.citation European review of history, 2009, 16, 5, 637-653
dc.identifier.issn 1350-7486
dc.description.abstract The aim of this article is to show how the composite and international domains and fiefs of early modern Spanish Monarchy aristocracy allowed noble households to become a type of transnational juridical space. From the later centuries of the Middle Ages onwards two related developments took place in Europe: the formation of composite monarchies and the emergence of (nonetheless composite) elites. In early modern Europe, the existence of an aristocracy with domains in different kingdoms was a matter of fact. Litigation was an everyday activity for the aristocracy, and as a consequence of its cosmopolitan fiefs and inheritances noblemen and their lawyers were compelled to be familiar with several national legalities and property systems. As a consequence, news regarding courts, suits, local rights and privileges reached the main households of different kingdoms on an ongoing basis. Because of this, household offices and archives became spaces where cosmopolitan legal expertise and knowledge were filed and studied. Noblemen quickly discovered the advantages of the confusion and the conflicting use of foreign legislation in the courts.
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Aristocracy
dc.subject Litigation
dc.subject Transnationalism
dc.subject International jurisdiction
dc.subject Family relations
dc.subject Elites
dc.subject Property rights
dc.subject 17th century
dc.subject Spain
dc.subject Europe
dc.title Aristocracy and litigation in the seventeenth century: a transnational space for family lawsuits
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/13507480903262629
dc.identifier.volume 16
dc.identifier.startpage 637
dc.identifier.endpage 653
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dc.identifier.issue 5

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