Capitulare de Villis

Capitulare de Villis

Fulda or the Rhineland (Germany) — Late 8th or early 9th century

Capitulare de Villis

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Capitulare de Villis

The Capitulare de Villis originates from the later years of the reign of the Emperor Charlemagne and lists a series of regulations for the overall management of royal property. It is one of several capitularies issued by Carolingian royalty concerning the organization and administration of their estates and reflects Charlemagne’s reforms to the government of the Franks. Details surrounding the origins of the manuscript are disputed, but it is generally believed that it was created at a time when the Carolingian court became settled in Aachen. It was likely intended to manage the logistical difficulties of supplying and maintaining food and equipment for administrators and soldiers at a fixed capital far from most of the estates, or in preparation for a military campaign. Although divided into seven chapters including justice, agricultural land use, taxes, and regulating trade, the majority of the text is devoted to describing the duties of the iudex, a royal official charged with managing royal properties, prosecuting criminals, and collecting taxes – both in cash and in kind – to be brought to the Carolingian court. The document is thus of great importance for understanding Carolingian material culture and political administration.


Alternative Titles
Caroli Magni imp. Cap. de villis, Leo III papa
Size / Format
32 pages / 30.8 × 12.5 cm
Late 8th or early 9th century
Carolingian Minuscule

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#1 Capitulare de Villis

Commentary: 1 volume by Carlrichard Brühl
Language: German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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