“Doubled trunks” (tronci) in the 13th century register of alter tributarii (sainteurs) of Saint Peter’s Abbey in Ghent
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“Doubled trunks” (tronci) in the 13th century register of alter tributarii (sainteurs) of Saint Peter’s Abbey in Ghent
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The paper proposes an analysis of some particular features of a register description of one particular category of the church dependent people contained in an unpublished codex of the 13th century from the archive of Saint Peter’s abbey in Ghent (Gent, Rijksarchief, Bisdom en Sint-Baafs, série K, no 2556). The manuscript describes family groups or tronci (trunks) of altar tributaries (tributarii) of the abbey. Tributarii were dependent from the monastery and were obliged to pay annual dues to the monastery, but beneficiated from some tax exemptions and judicial protection (advocatia). Hence the register is a kind of a record kept in order to administrate this group of church dependent population, which held, however, a privileged position in the hierarchy of monastic familia. But if the reasons of compiling of such register are grosso modo clear, it’s formulary contains a good deal of puzzles which are sometimes difficult or even impossible to explain. Among this enigmas are the duplicates of descriptions of the same tronci in different parts of the register, or the so-called “doubled trunks”. Apparently such peculiar cases of recording could be a consequence of specific considerations of the manuscript compilers, reflecting not only common traditions of clerical work, but also their “author’s” mentality and discourses of kinship descriptions usual for their time.
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Flanders, Saint Peters’ abbey in Ghent, alter tributarii, genealogies, tronci, medieval registers, family, kinship, textuality
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15.08.2013
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15.11.2013
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