THE ECONOMIC ISSUE OF CUIAVIAN NOBILITY IN THE LATE MEDIEVAL AGES IN LIGHT OF ACTS AND DOCUMENTS. BETWEEN CONVENTION AND REALITY (Polish title below)
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(Polish title: Sprawy majatkowe póznosredniowiecznej kujawskiej elity szlacheckiej w zródlach dokumentowych i aktowych. Konwencja i rzeczywistosc). The property of nobility, which includes different forms of pledges and real estates, was an object of various transactions, i.e. sales, exchanges, dowries, divisions. All the transactions were confirmed by official documents and acts. But frequently the information about transactions is reconstructed only on the basis of single and isolated notes, which do not render the complexity of particular operation. This complexity is not visible until historian knows the sources that document particular regulation in their entirety. Thus there are plenty of misinterpretations and overinterpretations. The article presents various examples and definitions (alternatively explanations) of terminology of economic transactions, i.e. sales, purchases, retracts and forfeitures. Thanks to a complete archival research the author states, that because of lack of money the finalization of economic transactions in Cuiavia in the late medieval ages was very often dragged out or did not come off at all.
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