Family, Work, and Household presents the social and occupational life of a late medieval Iberian town in rich, unprecedented detail. The book combines a diachronic study of two regionally prominent families—one knightly and one mercantile—with a detailed cross-sectional urban study of household and occupation. The town in question is the market town and administrative centre of Manresa in Catalonia, whose exceptional archives make such a study possible. For the diachronic studies, Fynn-Paul relied upon the fact that Manresan archives preserve scores of individual family notarial registers, and the cross-sectional study was made possible by the Liber Manifesti of 1408, a cadastral survey which details the property holdings of individual householders to an unusually thorough degree.

In these pages, the economic and social strategies of many individuals, including both knights and burghers, come to light over the course of several generations. The Black Death and its aftermath play a prominent role in changing the outlook of many social actors. Other chapters detail the socioeconomic topography of the town, and examine occupational hierarchies, for such groups as rentiers, merchants, leatherworkers, cloth workers, women householders, and the poor.

chapter 1|17 pages


Work, Status and Society in Urban Catalonia in the Era of the Black Death

part I|101 pages

Knightly and Burgher Families

chapter 2|28 pages

Knights and Burghers

Contrasting Ways of Life in Manresa and the Manresan Hinterland

chapter 3|22 pages

A Knightly Family of the Bages

The Talamancas, 1300–1450

chapter 4|29 pages

A Manresan Burgher Family

The Sartas, 1300–1360

chapter 5|19 pages

The Sarta Family, 1360–1420

part II|128 pages

Occupations and Households in Manresa

chapter 6|28 pages

A ‘Social Geography’ of Manresa

Occupation, Wealth and Neighbourhood

chapter 7|29 pages


Rentiers and Merchants

chapter 8|37 pages


Artisans and Women

chapter 10|12 pages