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Title: The Commandery of Sacile and Pordenone : 1672-1774
Authors: Mifsud, Shirley (1999)
Keywords: Knights of Malta. Commandery of Sacile and Pordenone
Order of St. John. Commandery of Sacile and Pordenone
Knights of Malta -- History -- 17th century
Knights of Malta -- History -- 18th century
Order of St John -- History -- 17th century
Order of St John -- History -- 18th century
Issue Date: 1999
Citation: Mifsud, S. (1999). The Commandery of Sacile and Pordenone: 1672-1774 (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: It is the purpose of the present dissertation to study, in as much detail as surviving documentation in Malta allowed, one of the Order of St. John's commanderies. This is the Hospitaller commandery of Sacile and Pordenone, which formed part of the Grand Priory of Venice. Due to obvious course restrictions and to equally obvious financial reasons, it was not possible for me to tap other sources overseas, especially those of Venice and the Vatican. This has been no easy task. Documents directly related to the commandery and found in Malta are few, very few, and far in between. Secondary works are practically non-existent, with a rare, occasional passing reference in an isolated article. It is precisely the obvious challenge that such a task offered which made the whole exercise not only attractive, but in my view worth attempting. Whether the final product was worth the effort is not for me to tell. This century has yielded one of the most novel ways ever of writing history; namely that of 'history from below'. In spite of this, general studies on Hospitaller commanderies have often concentrated on the administrative and the economic, rather than the social aspects of these lands. In so doing, the commandery's impact on the people living on it has all too often been neglected. Possibly, this 'neglect' was due in part to the lack of insight provided by the documents, and in part to the historians' persistent interest in the 'traditional' aspects. The basic archival sources that I have consulted for this dissertation were the ‘miglioramenti’, the ‘cabrei’, and one ‘visita’. These were spread over the period from 1672 to 1774. Being all official documents, they dealt mainly with the administrative aspect of the Commandery. However, it was not altogether impossible, albeit with difficulty, to gain insights into the common people living on that particular land. Whenever this was feasible, I endeavoured to exploit it. The ‘miglioramenti’, for example, often provided some information about the lands on which these people worked, and the buildings where some of them lived. Similarly, the ‘cabrei’, even though they had as their main objective, the recording of the income that the Commandery received from its lands, yielded some further details regarding the people who rented out these lands. Through these sources it was possible to give a name to these otherwise anonymous persons. They also threw some light into the wealth of these individuals. The ‘visita’, on the other hand, yielded a lot more regarding the religious mentality of the people living on the Commandery, as well as the importance they attached to religious practices, such as the administration of the sacraments. This was particularly interesting especially as the period under examination was so close to the major reform within the Catholic Church, which took place as a result of the Council of Trent. The ‘visita’ also hints at the way in which the Order treated the complaints it received from the people. […]
Description: B.A.(HONS)HISTORY
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