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

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 18, 2002 - Business & Economics - 381 pages
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This book is based on some 1400 individuals who lived in three northern English towns during the later middle ages. It analyses the many aspects of merchant society visible to the historian: achievements in politics, attitudes towards religion, the family, wider circles of friends and business acquaintances, and the nature and conduct of trade at every level. Merchants were at the core of urban society, accumulating more wealth than most other townsfolk and developing a distinctive outlook and entrepreneurship in response to the opportunities and pressures of long-distance trade. They played a central role in the development of urban mentalité using political rhetoric to promote a corporatist view of urban society, while their spending on charity, on public works, and on religious observance shaped social attitudes.
  

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Contents

Introduction I
1
Merchants in government
25
families dependants and friends
70
Merchants and religion the evidence of wills
116
The geography and composition of trade
159
The practice of trade
191
Business and finance
223
Trade and competition
248
a conclusion to Part II
305
Conclusion
313
Appendices
323
Some merchant biographies
332
The case of John Bolton against John Brandesby and Simon
348
Select bibliography
354
Index
372
Copyright

Mercantile estates
276

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Jenny Kermode is senior lecturer in local history at the University of Liverpool. Garthine Walker is lecturer in history at the University of Warwick.

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