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
3
2 THE RECOGNITION OF INEQUALITY
16
3 THE DELIMITATION OF THE MERCHANT CLASS
29
4 NUMERICAL ESTIMATES OF THE POPULATION
43
CONTROL OF THE CITY GOVERNMENT
55
2 PROBLEMS INHERITED FROM THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY
62
3 FOURTEENTHCENTURY EXPERIMENTS IN REFORM
68
4 THE CITY CONSTITUTION IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY
82
5 THE MERCHANT AS PARISHIONER
182
6 THE MERCHANTS ATTITUDE TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE
190
THE FLUIDITY OF THE MERCHANT CLASS
193
2 IMMIGRATION TO THE CITY
208
3 THE SOCIAL ORIGINS OF IMMIGRANTS
212
4 PATTERNS IN FAMILY HISTORY
224
TRADE AND GENTILITY
236
2 CULTURAL AFFINITIES BETWEEN MERCHANTS AND GENTLEMEN
249

5 CIVIC TAXATION
87
6 THE MECHANISM OF CONTROL OVER TRADE AND INDUSTRY
94
7 THE MERCHANTS OUTLOOK ON GOVERNMENT
99
WEALTH AND STANDARDS OF LIVING
105
2 LANDS AND RENTS
120
3 STANDARDS OF COMFORT
132
4 SYMBOLIC ELEMENTS IN STANDARDS OF LIVING
145
THE CONDUCT OF LIFE
157
2 MORAL DISCIPLINE OF BOYS
166
3 THE WOMANS ROLE
171
4 THE STEWARDSHIP OF WEALTH
176
3 SOCIAL RELATIONS BETWEEN MERCHANTS AND GENTLEMEN
258
4 THE GENTLEMAN MERCHANT
271
5 MOVEMENT FROM THE LONDON MERCHANT CLASS INTO THE LANDED GENTRY
281
A GENERAL VIEW OF THE MIDDLE STRATA OF THE NATION
290
2 ATTITUDES TOWARD SOCIAL ASCENT
302
3 CONCLUSIONS
313
ALDERMANIC FAMILIES
323
LONDON LANDOWNERS IN 1436
380
GEOGRAPHICAL ORIGINS AND SOCIAL BACKGROUND OF APPRENTICES
391
Index
399
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