The Origins of the Commenda ContractArticle author querypryor jh [Google Scholar]

Speculum 52 (1):5-37 (1977)
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Ultimately the origins of the medieval commenda contract are unknowable simply because the contract was the product of an amalgamation of many different traditions. That which follows does not pretend to offer conclusive evidence for the derivation of the commenda from any other single contract. Rather, its intent is to show that the commenda embodied borrowings from several sources in different proportions and that this was entirely natural since the peculiar features of the commenda were developed by the commercial community itself during the early Middle Ages. Indeed, the commenda would be expected to have embodied borrowings from elsewhere since the commercial community was surely the most pragmatic and eclectic of all segments of medieval society. Yet even if the commenda comprised an amalgam of borrowings from several different sources, the extent of borrowing from each of the various sources differed. It is a reinterpretation of the strength of the various influences and a suggestion for a revised synthesis which is offered here. jQuery.click { event.preventDefault(); })
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DOI 10.2307/2856894
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