par Schroeder, Nicolas ;Devroey, Jean-Pierre
Référence Early Medieval Europe, 20, 1, page (39-69)
Publication Publié, 2012
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : Most historians who studied the medieval Ardennes have exclusively focussed on royal and monastic properties, assuming that in the area every early reference to land is either to royal monasteries or to fiscal land. Actually, the evidence of the region around Bastogne (Belgium), the centre of what would later be called pagus Ardennensis, shows that as early as the seventh century, ‘private’ landowners were present and active in the area. This observation implies a new reading of rural economy and society, the formation of monastic property and the links between local and royal power in the early medieval Ardennes.