Fabiana Plazolles Guillén (2000)
Trayectorias sociales de los libertos musulmanes y negroafricanos en la Barcelona tardomedieval
In: De l’esclavitud a la llibertat. Esclaus i lliberts a l’edat mitjana. Actes del Col•loqui Internacional celebrat a Barcelona, del 27 al 29 de maig de 1999, ed. by Maria Teresa Ferrer i Mallol and Josefina Mutgé i Vives, pp. 615-642, Consell Superior d’Investigacions Científiques, Institució Milà i Fontanals, Departament d’Estudis Medievals, Barcelona. Anuario de Estudios Medievales, Anejo 38.
The article investiages the different careers of manumitted slavese of Muslim and of Black African provenance in late medieval Barcelona, with an emphasis on how these freedpersons were able to integrate into the various social groups in the city. A crucial role was played by the former owners or holders of these slaves, who could either accelerate or slow down processes of social integration. The lives of former slaves are also studied in relation to the labour market and money economy. Information concerning real property as well as moveable goods owned by former slaves can be drawn from the documents. They concern not only the public face and economic aspects but also the private lives they led. In this connection, the author follows the processes of group formation among the freedpersons and describes their options of marriage and of religious acculturation.