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Peasant property rights
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Even in medieval Europe, peasant property rights to a farmstead of whatever size including the land belonging to it already ranged from full ownership (Property) of land and buildings through hereditary quit-rent tenure (i.e. ownership of the farmstead and hereditary lease of the associated land, e.g. copyhold) to mere right of use (e.g. leasehold). This situation underwent further changes during the early modern period.

1. Late Middle Ages

At the threshold between the late Middle Ages an…

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Enders, Lieselott, “Peasant property rights”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017360>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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