Medieval Market Morality: Life, Law and Ethics in the English Marketplace, 1200–1500

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 24, 2011 - History
This important study examines the market trade of medieval England by providing a wide-ranging critique of the moral and legal imperatives that underpinned retail trade. James Davis shows how market-goers were influenced not only by practical and economic considerations of price, quality, supply and demand, but also by the moral and cultural environment within which such deals were conducted. This book draws on a broad range of cross-disciplinary evidence, from the literary works of William Langland and the sermons of medieval preachers, to state, civic and guild laws, Davis scrutinises everyday market behaviour through case studies of small and large towns, using the evidence of manor and borough courts. From these varied sources, Davis teases out the complex relationship between morality, law and practice and demonstrates that even the influence of contemporary Christian ideology was not necessarily incompatible with efficient and profitable everyday commerce.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Images of market trade
34
2 Regulation of the market
137
3 The behaviour of market traders
274
4 An evolving market morality?
410
Conclusion
450
Bibliography
459
Index
506
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James Davis is Lecturer in Medieval History in the School of History and Anthropology at Queen's University Belfast.

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