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The Wreck of CataloniaCivil War in the Fifteenth Century$
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Alan Ryder

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207367

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207367.001.0001

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A Clamorous Peasantry

A Clamorous Peasantry

(p.30) 4 A Clamorous Peasantry
The Wreck of Catalonia

Alan Ryder

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses unrest among Catalonia's peasantry, who were chafing under the burdens imposed by lay and clerical landlords. Most resented were the mals usos borne by peasants known as remensas. These remensa peasants who numbered between 15,000 and 20,000 and who were found mainly in northern Catalonia, were tied to the land and subjected by their lords to a host of exactions, restrictions, and obligations known as the mals usos, which had been introduced by the Catalan Corts in 1283 to check flight into the towns.

Keywords:   Catalonia, peasants, landlords, mals unos, remensas

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