The Celys and Their World: An English Merchant Family of the Fifteenth Century

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 18, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 492 pages
From the start of his career as a young woolmerchant, about 1473, George Cely was a hoarder. He kept everything, from important business accounts down to the scrap of paper on which his father had once noted that the brewer and tailor hadn't been paid yet. The result is a rich collection, which not merely documents the Cely family's activities as staplers and ship-owners, but also gives vivid details of their intimate concerns: what they ate and wore, where they lived, how they spent their money - and where they went for loans when the cash ran short - how they amused themselves, and how they coped with trade recessions and political turmoil at home and abroad. This is the first comprehensive study to be based on the material.
 

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Contents

List of figures and tables
vii
Preface
ix
Acknowledgments
xii
List of abbreviations
xiv
THE CELYS AND THEIR CIRCLE 147482
1
The Cely family and their background
3
Japes and sad matters
30
Alarms and tribulations 14801
62
Customers and marts
203
Calais and the Staple Company
224
RICHARD AND GEORGE CELY 14829
253
Richard and George 14823
255
The world goeth on wheels 14825
284
Marriage and housekeeping
309
Warfare and trade 14869
340
The Margaret Cely of London
361

Two black sheep and a nuisance
82
THE WOOL TRADE
109
The trade in fleecewool
111
Woolfells
148
Monetary matters
164
Charge and discharge the Celys finances 14829
398
Postscript on later family history
423
Select bibliography
431
Index
435
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