The Study of Medieval Fiscal History in Portugal: Results and Problems (1951–2020)

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The study of medieval taxation, as with other themes in economic history, has not been a priority for Portuguese historiography until recent years. This resulted from a complex set of factors, among which the nature and limitations of the available sources, as well as the political and ideological context, that discouraged the development of research in economic history during much of the twentieth century. This chapter intends to survey the state of the art of our existing knowledge on medieval Portuguese taxation, paying particular attention to the studies published between the 1950s and the present time. In addition to explaining why previous interest in the subject was limited, it is also intended to consider how the nature of the available sources conditioned the findings and how they were or were not related to the approaches developed in the rest of European historiography.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPortugal in a European Context
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on Taxation and Fiscal Policies in Late Medieval and Early Modern Western Europe, 1100-1700
EditorsAmélia Aguiar Andrade, Rodrigo da Costa Dominguez
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-06227-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-06229-2, 978-3-031-06226-1
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in the History of Finance


  • Portual
  • Fiscal history
  • Historiography


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