Medieval Merchants and Money

Edited by Matthew Davies
10 June 2016
245 × 163 mm
384 pp
Formats:
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.
"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."
-The London Journal
I. LONDON MERCHANTS: COMPANIES, IDENTITIES AND CULTURE

1. Negotiating merchant identities: the Stockfishmongers and London’s companies merging and dividing, c.1450–1550
Justin Colson

2. ‘Writying, making and engrocyng’: clerks, guilds and identity in late medieval London
Matthew Davies
 
3. What did medieval London merchants read?
Caroline M. Barron

4. ‘For quicke and deade memorie masses’: merchant piety in late medieval London
Christian Steer

II. WARFARE, TRADE AND MOBILITY

5. Fighting merchants
Sam Gibbs, Adrian R. Bell

6. London and its merchants in the Italian archives, 1380–1530
F. Guidi-Bruscoli
 
7. Settled or fleeting? London’s medieval immigrant community revisited
Jessica Lutkin

III. MERCHANTS AND THE ENGLISH CROWN

8. East coast ports and the Iceland trade, 1483–5 (1489): protection and compensation
Anne F. Sutton
 
9. Royal servants and city fathers: the double lives of London goldsmiths at the court of Henry VII
S.P. Harper
 
IV. MONEY AND MINTS

10. Medieval merchants and the English mints and exchanges, 973–1489
Martin Allen
 
11. The prosecution of counterfeiting in Lancastrian England
Hannes Kleineke

V. MARKETS, CREDIT AND THE RURAL ECONOMY

12. The economic impact of clothmaking on rural society, 1300–1550
John Oldland

13. Dealing in crisis: external credit and the early fourteenth-century English village
Phillipp R. Schofield

14. Market courts and lex mercatoria in late medieval England
James Davis

VI. MERCHANTS AND THE LAW

15. Merchants and their use of the action of account in thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century England
Paul Brand

16. ‘According to the law of merchants and the custom of the city of London’: Burton v. Davy (1436) and the negotiability of credit instruments in medieval England
Tony Moore