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Medieval Merchants

Medieval Merchants
York, Beverley and Hull in the Later Middle Ages

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521522748

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  • This book is based on the biographies of some 1400 individuals who lived in three northern English towns during the later Middle Ages. It analyzes the many aspects of merchant society: achievements in politics, attitudes toward religion, the family, wider circles of friends and business acquaintances, and the nature and conduct of trade. Merchants were at the core of urban society and played a central role in the development of urban mentalité. This is one of the broadest studies of them yet published, integrating a very wide range of original sources.

    • The first detailed analysis of provincial merchant societies, focusing on three northern towns: York, Beverley and Hull
    • Adopts a holistic approach, integrating a very wide variety of material, including court records and wills
    • Based on the biographies of over 1400 people, ensuring that people at all levels of merchant society are discussed
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "[Kermode] offers splendid insights into many aspects of medievqal mercantile ilfe and the fortunes of the late medieval economy." Journal of Economics

    "This is an important book, based on meticulous scholarship, enriching our understanding both of trading practices and urban history." Albion

    "[Kermode's] book is the end result of weaving the most relevant, or the most representative, or the most idiosyncratic threads from 1,400 merchants' lives i nteh fourteenth and fifteenth centuries." Medieval Prosopography

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521522748
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.644kg
    • contains: 2 maps 16 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Society and Politics:
    2. Merchants in town government
    3. Merchant society: families, dependants and friends, the evidence of wills
    4. Merchants and religion, the evidence of wills
    Part II. Entrepreneurship and Capital Accumulation:
    5. The geography and composition of trade
    6. Transaction costs
    7. Business and finance
    8. Trade and competition
    9. Mercantile estates: profits and losses considered
    10. Conclusion

  • Author

    Jenny Kermode, University of Liverpool

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