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Catastica Feudorum Crete: Land Ownership And Political Changes In Medieval Crete (13th–15th Centuries)

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The Catastica Feudorum Crete: as public documents or collections of public documents, like any other historical source, contain much more information than just that referring to their main subject, i.e. the registration of the land and its owners, called feudatories. This chapter focuses on the structure of the catastica and their models, if there were any, and continues by examining certain examples from the catastica reflecting the political situation in Crete from the first quarter of the thirteenth until the first quarter of the fifteenth century. It presents a brief survey of the catastica, first that of Chania, as the simplest case. As one can observe, the material contained in the catastica is very rich and lends itself to multiple readings. The catastica themselves are connected to the political change in the history of Crete after 1204 and the arrival of the new Venetian feudatories after 1211.

Keywords: Catastica Feudorum Crete; Chania; fifteenth century; land ownership; thirteenth century; Venetian feudatories



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