In Slavery in Árpád-era Hungary in a Comparative Context, Cameron Sutt examines servile labour in the first three centuries of the Hungarian kingdom and compares it with dependent labour in Carolingian Europe. Such comparative methodology provides a particularly clear view of the nature of dependent labour in both regions.
Using legislation as well as charter evidence, Sutt establishes that lay landlords of Árpádian Hungary frequently relied upon slaves to work their land, but the situation in Carolingian areas was much more complex. The use of slave labour in Hungary continued until the end of the thirteenth century when a combination of economic and political factors brought it to an end.
Cameron Sutt, Ph.D. (2008), is Associate Professor of History at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. He has published several articles on Árpád-era Hungary, including papers on inheritance practices, land use and social transformation, and the position of women.
1 Introduction 1
2 Árpádian Hungary and the Land 35
3 Servi during the Reign of Stephen I 52
4 Servi during the Reigns of Ladislas I and Coloman 91
5 Servi as Res 109
6 Labour Obligations of Servi and Mancipia 123
7 Servus and Mancipium Families 131
8 The Disappearance of Servi in Hungary 159
9 Conclusions 211
Index of Terms 238
All those interested in medieval Hungary and in Carolingian Europe, and anyone interested issues related to slavery and dependent labour. Also those concerned with medieval land use and economy.