Landowners, the Counties and the Crown

Academic year
Subject Area
Middle Ages History
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

Medieval History of Portugal.

Teaching Methods

Theoretical-practical classes. Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the analysis, interpretation and commentary on sources, presentation of critical readings of books and articles, oral presentations about certain points and themes of the program, which they can also submit in written form.

Learning Outcomes

Students will gain a deeper understanding of the Medieval History of Portugal, in which the powers - public and private, regal, ecclesiastical and secular.  We also intend to provide multiple approaches in fields such as institutional, political, economic and social, as well as increase the ability to search for chronological and thematic connections.

Students will also be equipped with specific theoretical and methodological tools for research and historical construction and gain skills inherent in the self-planning and implementation of projects, capable of providing the student with an academic specialization with the use of research activity and innovation, through the preparation of a dissertation or a project.

Work Placement(s)



1. The landowners in medieval Portugal: types, origins and characteristics.

2. Municipal Communities: origins, characteristics and distribution space.

2.1. The charters: expressions and meaning. 

3. Landowners and counties: agents and forms of governance.

4. The relationship of regal power with the powers.

4.1. King vs. landowners: between control and collaboration. 

4.2. King vs. counties: between conflict and innovation.

5. The evolutions of landlords: transition from the fourteenth to the fifteenth century.

6. The evolution of municipal government: the election of local officials; profiles of activities of governing individuals.

Head Lecturer(s)

Saúl António Gomes Coelho da Silva

Assessment Methods

Other: 25.0%
Resolution Problems: 25.0%
Research work: 50.0%


COELHO, M. H. C. (2013). Coimbra. Monumentos fundacionais. Coimbra: C.M.Coimbra / Imprensa da Universidade.

COELHO, M. H. C.; MAGALHÃES, J. R. (2009). O poder concelhio. Das origens às Cortes Constituintes. Coimbra: CEFA.

MARQUES, M. A. (2014). Cadima: 500 anos do foral manuelino. Cantanhede: C.M. Cantanhede.

MARQUES, M. A.; SOALHEIRO, J.; BISMARCK, D. (2005). Carta de couto de Osseloa. 1117. C.M. A.-a-Velha,

MATTOSO, J. (1995). Identificação de um país. Ensaio sobre as origens de Portugal. 1096-1325. Lisboa: Estampa. OLIVEIRA, C. de (dir.) (1996). História dos municípios e do poder local … Lisboa: C. de Leitores.

REIS, A. M. (2006). História dos municípios portugueses [1050-1383]. Lisboa: Livros Horizonte.

SILVEIRA, N. E. (coord.) (1997). Poder Central, Poder Regional e Poder Local. Uma perspectiva histórica. Lisboa: Cosmos.