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dc.contributor.authorTERRASA-LOZANO, Antonio
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-23T13:39:27Z
dc.date.available2011-05-23T13:39:27Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationEuropean review of history, 2009, 16, 5, 637-653
dc.identifier.issn1350-7486
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/17333
dc.description.abstractThe 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.isoen
dc.subjectAristocracy
dc.subjectLitigation
dc.subjectTransnationalism
dc.subjectInternational jurisdiction
dc.subjectFamily relations
dc.subjectElites
dc.subjectProperty rights
dc.subject17th century
dc.subjectSpain
dc.subjectEurope
dc.titleAristocracy and litigation in the seventeenth century: a transnational space for family lawsuits
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13507480903262629
dc.identifier.volume16
dc.identifier.startpage637
dc.identifier.endpage653
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