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Adelphate (Serbian: адрфат, братствени удео,[1] from the Greek adelphos = brother), is the right of some person to reside in monastery and receiving subsidies from its resources.[2] This right was either purchased or exchanged for some property during medieval period, when feudal lords wanted to secure for themselves shelter after retirement or losing control over their feuds. One adelphate was valid on name of exact person, and could not be resold, transferred or even inherited by another.


  1. ^ Vukanović, Tatomir. "Slovenska simbioza porodice Đurđa Kastriota Skenderbega" (in Serbian). Vranje, Serbia: Vranjski glasnik. Adrfati (bratstveni udeli), bili su određeni za ličnosti, pa je navedenim ugovorom bilo određeno, kada jedan od navedenih članova iz porodice Kastriota umre ("čim jedan obraz ode"), gasio se i njegov bratstveni udeo. 
  2. ^ Adanir, Fikret; Suraiya Faroqhi (2002). "Transition to Tourkokratia: The Byzantinist standpoint". The Ottomans and the Balkans: a discussion of historiography. Leiden, Netherlands: Kaninklijke Brill NV, Leiden. p. 109. ISBN 90-04-11902-7. Retrieved November 24, 2010. Manuel Deblizenos, decided to transfer family estate to the monastery Docheiraiou in return for three adelphates, that is, right to reside on monastic territory and receive subsidies from monastic resources. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Adelfati u Vizantiji i srednjovekovnoj Srbiji (English: Adelphate in Byzantium and Medieval Serbia), ZRVI, XI, 1968, 241—267
  • Monaški adelfati na Svetoj Gori (English: Monastic Adelphates at Mt. Athos), Zbornik FFB, XII, 1, 1974