The Social World of the Abbey of Cava, Southern  Italy, c. 1020-1300


This project will seek to make a wide-ranging analysis of the social history of the principality of Salerno, on the west coast of southern Italy, in the central Middle Ages,  using as its main source the archive of the abbey of Holy Trinity, Cava.

The Benedictine abbey of Cava was founded c. 1020, a few kilometres to the north of the city of Salerno, became one of the wealthiest religious houses in southern Italy, and is still in existence today. It possesses  the largest surviving medieval archive in southern Italy, with some 5000 original charters for the period 1020-1300, the greater part of which are still unpublished.