• Royal estates, confiscation and the politics of land in the kingdom of Otto I

    Author(s):
    Charles West (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Subject(s):
    6th to 10th century
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/3b6t-1x18
    Abstract:
    After setting the fiscal structures of the Ottonian Reich in context historiographically and in comparison with contemporary alternatives, this paper discusses recent attempts to measure the extent of Otto I’s fiscal lands, using two case studies to consider the challenges of generalisation. It then focuses on confiscations to emphasise the dynamism of Otto’s landed resources, as they constantly expanded and contracted. Analysis of a further case study however suggests that not all of these dynamics were directly under Otto’s control. Rather, the king’s access to landed resources was mediated through a complex interplay between local, regional and regnal-level politics. The distinctive political economy that this interplay generated was potentially vulnerable to disruption as western European society changed and developed, but it was quite adequate for Otto I’s needs.
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