Medieval Merchants and Money

Edited by Matthew Davies
10 June 2016
245 × 163 mm
384 pp
Hardback: 978-1-909646-16-2
PDF: 978-1-909646-73-5
This volume contains selected essays in celebration of the scholarship of the medieval historian Professor James L. Bolton. The essays address a number of different questions in medieval economic and social history, as the volume looks at the activities of merchants, their trade, legal interactions and identities, and on the importance of money and credit in the rural and urban economies. Other essays look more widely at patterns of immigration to London, trade and royal policy, and the role that merchants played in the Hundred Years War.
This is an excellent collection, highly relevant to London history and also containing papers that have a significant contribution to make to England’s economic history more generally. As always with volumes of essays, it is difficult to do justice in a review to all the authors and their research, but it is not difficult to say that this is an extremely interesting group of essays, which are without exception clearly written and argued and which demonstrate that research into English mercantile history is flourishing and looks set to continue.