The Merchant Class of Medieval London, 1300-1500

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University of Michigan Press, 1989 - History - 401 pages
A social history of the merchant class of 14th- and 15th-century London
 

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Contents

THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL POSITION OF LONDON MERCHANTS IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITY
1
2 THE RECOGNITION OF INEQUALITY
14
3 THE DELIMITATION OF THE MERCHANT CLASS
27
4 NUMERICAL ESTIMATES OF THE POPULATION
41
CONTROL OF THE CITY GOVERNMENT
53
2 PROBLEMS INHERITED FROM THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY
60
3 FOURTEENTHCENTURY EXPERIMENTS IN REFORM
66
4 THE CITY CONSTITUTION IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY
80
5 THE MERCHANT AS PARISHIONER
180
6 THE MERCHANTS ATTITUDE TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE
188
THE FLUIDITY OF THE MERCHANT CLASS
191
2 IMMIGRATION TO THE CITY
206
3 THE SOCIAL ORIGINS OF IMMIGRANTS
210
4 PATTERNS IN FAMILY HISTORY
222
TRADE AND GENTILITY
234
2 CULTURAL AFFINITIES BETWEEN MERCHANTS AND GENTLEMEN
247

5 CIVIC TAXATION
85
6 THE MECHANISM OF CONTROL OVER TRADE AND INDUSTRY
92
7 THE MERCHANTS OUTLOOK ON GOVERNMENT
97
WEALTH AND STANDARDS OF LIVING
103
2 LANDS AND RENTS
118
3 STANDARDS OF COMFORT
130
4 SYMBOLIC ELEMENTS IN STANDARDS OF LIVING
143
THE CONDUCT OF LIFE
155
2 MORAL DISCIPLINE OF BOYS
164
3 THE WOMANS ROLE
169
4 THE STEWARDSHIP OF WEALTH
174
3 SOCIAL RELATIONS BETWEEN MERCHANTS AND GENTLEMEN
256
4 THE GENTLEMAN MERCHANT
269
5 MOVEMENT FROM THE LONDON MERCHANT CLASS INTO THE LANDED GENTRY
279
A GENERAL VIEW OF THE MIDDLE STRATA OF THE NATION
288
2 ATTITUDES TOWARD SOCIAL ASCENT
300
3 CONCLUSIONS
311
ALDERMANIC FAMILIES
321
LONDON LANDOWNERS IN 1436
378
GEOGRAPHICAL ORIGINS AND SOCIAL BACKGROUND OF APPRENTICES
389
Index
397
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