Privileged and spontaneous development of burghers and towns in 14th century Slovakia Cover Image
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Výsadný a samovoľný rozvoj meštianstva a miest na Slovensku v 14. storočí
Privileged and spontaneous development of burghers and towns in 14th century Slovakia

Author(s): Ferdinand Uličný
Subject(s): History
Published by: Historický ústav SAV
Keywords: Slovakia; history; Middle Ages; burghers

Summary/Abstract: In this study, the author presents his findings on the development of burghers and towns in 14th century Slovakia. It continues his research and publication on the development of burghers and towns from the 9th century. The sources of evidence are charters from the 14th century. The author has researched the development of the burgher class in dozens of towns of the period. He has come to the conclusion that burghers developed in two ways, namely: privileged, on the basis of charters; or spontaneously without any written documents. This was how groups of burghers developed in dozens of old towns and an even larger number of new towns in 14th century Slovakia. The most profitable employment of the burghers was trade. The most developed urban life was found in Košice and Bratislava, which were two of the most important towns in the Kingdom of Hungary in the 14th century.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 437-466
  • Page Count: 30
  • Language: Slovak