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The origin of money-fiefs in the latin kingdom of Jerusalem

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A recent study of the money- fief in Flanders has argued that it was a military institution, whose ?primary goal was to attract foreigners who would serve the prince on the battlefield?. Clearly, the money fief seemed to form a system of remuneration for military service that was distinct from the traditional feudo-vassalic bonds. Scholarship has always accepted that money-fiefs formed an important element in the recruitment of military forces in the twelfth-century Latin kingdom of Jerusalem, and probably even more so in the territorially diminished kingdom of the thirteenth century, although it is difficult to say with any degree of certainty what proportion of forces that they supported in either period. The aim of the remainder of this chapter is to examine the circumstances in which this institution was introduced to Frankish Palestine.

Keywords: Jerusalem; Latin kingdom; money-fiefs



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