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The term refeudalization denotes a process of selling previously royal (Regalities) or state sovereign rights to noble or ennobled families. It was triggered by repeated fiscal crises (Public finances) that the Spanish crown in particular confronted in the 17th century [9]. As a rule, therefore, the term is used primarily for relevant events in Castile and the parts of southern Italy ruled by Spain (Naples and Sicily). In Italy, the Spanish crown, which was always teetering on the edge of bankruptcy (Sovereign default), sold numerous rights of jurisdiction and taxation (Tax far…

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Asch, Ronald G., “Refeudalization”, 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 29 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026282>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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