William de la Pole: Merchant and King's Banker

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Jul 1, 1988 - History - 264 pages
This book is a study of William de la Pole, the first English royal banker. E. B. Fryde discusses Pole's role as a merchant and financier, his political influence and the social preeminence he gained for himself and his family. The book addresses the growing significance of England's merchant class in financial and governmental affairs and examines the origins of one of the country's great families of the late medieval period.
 

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I’ve been interested in the rise and fall of the de la Pole family for a few years now. The William de la Pole of this book is where the family’s rise began. Unfortunately, most of what’s known about ... Read full review

Contents

1 Introductory
1
2 Early Career
9
3 Business Methods
25
4 Acquisition of Properties
33
5 Dealings with the Royal Government 13317
41
6 The Origins and Organization of the English Wool Company
53
7 The Launch and Collapse of the English Wool Company
65
Repayment of Loans in England
87
10 October 1339December 1340
135
11 Downfall and Trial
171
12 The English Company of 13435
181
13 Dealings with the Royal Government 134553
201
14 The Last Trials of William de la Pole
213
15 The Final Years
227
Select Bibliography
235
Index
239

Activities in the Netherlands
119

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