The principal aim of this volume is to discover new sources that might help to solve the problem of Hungarian medieval noble residences, that is, what kind of curia, castellum, or castrum (terms known from the written evidence) belonged to certain levels of noble society and how these building types looked like. This volume, therefore, reveals new perspectives to study noble sites in their social context. It also surveys the possibilities of using archaeology to study noble society from the point of view of living standards and the functions of residences.
The main body of the book covers the complete investigation of three archaeological sites – Pomáz, Kisnána, and Nyírbátor – and a historical study of the owner families (with a genealogy) of these noble residences; followed by a collection of methods designed to be complete. This intends to summarise what can be known about the functions of and lifestyle in residential sites, and to explain how archaeology can contribute to the study of their social context. The question of how medieval noblemen lived has mainly been investigated only in the case of fortified sites. Although examples (like the manor of Pomáz or the site at Nyírbátor) provide evidence that even aristocratic families could have their residence in non-fortified buildings, scholars have only gradually realised the existence and importance of such noble dwellings.
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