The cathedral chapter was of great importance in Cadiz during the Ancien Régime, due both to its economic power and the promotion of worship that they carried out during their ceremonies in the cathedrals. One of the most characteristic signs of the prebendados of Cádiz was the number of family members living in their homes, an average of six people. This indicates that the prebendados often took in relatives in a situation of dependence or need.
This fostering was possible due to the high economic potential of the prebendados, who had both their own income and the income they received for the benefit of their social position, such as the tithe and some properties, making up a sufficient patrimony to sustain the way of life they led. The evolution of the Cádiz chapter’s income depended almost directly on agricultural production, stagnating in the first half of the 17th century and growing again in the second half.
Project: 10. Churches and religions in Europe., 2. Social and economic impact of technological revolutions in Europe.
Chronology: XVII, XVIII
Scope: Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, University, Postgraduate
Resource type: Statistics
Source: Morgado, A. (1997). "El alto clero gaditano durante el Antiguo Régimen (1600-1833)", en Studia historica. Historia moderna, nº 16, p. 237.
Owner: Roberto José Alcalde López (Modernalia)
Copyright: ©Studia historica. Historia moderna ©Arturo Morgado García
Abstract: The table shows the income in currency and in kind of the Cádiz cathedral chapter between 1600 and 1799