El maestrazgo de la Orden de Alcántara (c. 1300-1550): espacio, sociedad y poder

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis


This PhD thesis analyzes the productive, social and political model of the States of the Military Order of Alcantara between the years 1300 and 1550. The work is based on procedural and diplomatic sources of the Low Middle Ages. The data show different processes of transformation in the jurisdictional model that concerned to the systems of exploitation, the patterns of settlement and the political relations. They took place in two stages that include the first half of the 14th century and the transition from the 15th to the16th centuries. During the first period, was detected the end of demesne farming, the depopulation of some settlements in the encomiendas and the acquisition of judicial and administrative competences on the part of the villas. This process, ended by 1350, developed a new jurisdictional model characterized by the hegemony of the masters within the Order, their intervention in the Castilian politics and the consolidation of an unequal system of relations between the villas and the settlements within its territory. This new model was transformed during the second half of the 15th century. The principal innovations were the acquisition of major competences for the villages, the consolidation of the social group of the farmers and the political autonomy of the councils. The results show that great part of these changes were preceded and promoted by the political conquests of the rural communities within the States of the Order
Original languageSpanish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Extremadura
  • Clemente Ramos, Julián, Supervisor, External person
Award date21 Sep 2015
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2015

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