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The Fight for Status and Privilege in Late Medieval and Early Modern Castile, 1465-1598

Michael J. Crawford

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Pennsylvania State University Press
15 April 2018
European history; Early history: c 500 to c 1450&1500; Spanish Civil War
In The Fight for Status and Privilege in Late Medieval and Early Modern Castile, 1465-1598, Michael Crawford investigates conflicts about and resistance to the status of hidalgo, conventionally understood as the lowest, most heavily populated rank in the Castilian nobility. It is generally accepted that legal privileges were based on status and class in this premodern society. Crawford presents and explains the contentious realities and limitations of such legal privileges, particularly the conventional claim of hidalgo exemption from taxation. He focuses on efforts to claim these privileges as well as opposing efforts to limit and manage them. Although historians of Spain acknowledge such conflicts, especially lawsuits associated with this status, none have focused a study on this extraordinarily widespread phenomenon. This book analyzes the inevitable contradictions inherent in negotiation for and the implementation of privilege, scrutinizing the many jurisdictions that intervened in these struggles and debates, including the crown, judiciary, city council, and financial authorities. Ultimately, this analysis imparts important insights about the nature of sixteenth-century Castilian society with wide-ranging implications about the relationship between social status and legal privileges in the early modern period as a whole.
By:   Michael J. Crawford
Imprint:   Pennsylvania State University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9780271062907
ISBN 10:   0271062908
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   15 April 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael J. Crawford is Associate Professor of History at McNeese State University.

Reviews for The Fight for Status and Privilege in Late Medieval and Early Modern Castile, 1465-1598

Crawford s careful and thorough research makes an important contribution to our understanding of the fluidity and ambiguity of noble status in early modern Castile. Jodi Campbell, English Historical Review


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