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3 Land and Landowners in the Greek Territories under Latin Dominion, 13th–14th Centuries

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Land and its administration is an important chapter of medieval history. Throughout the long period of the Middle Ages, land was not just a source of wealth, but also, a means of social enforcement, a source of power and a point of access to political authority. In return for the exploitation of land and the collection of revenues, landowners would help conquer new territories and support the regime whilst simultaneously assisting in the administration and the dispensation of justice. This chapter looks at the examples of Cyprus, the Peloponnese and Corfu, whose land regimes are examined more briefly, with recourse to the secondary literature on the subject. In doing so, occasional references are made to other Latin domains in Greece, such as Venetian Euboea, the Venetian ports of Modon and Coron, the Cyclades, Genoese Chios and Hospitaller Rhodes, whose landowning regimes remain even more obscure.

Keywords: Greece; landowners; Latin; political authority; Venetian Euboea



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