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Power and profit : the merchant in medieval Europe

Author: Peter Spufford
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A comprehensive picture of the role of merchants and money in the medieval world. It covers the financial revolutions of the 13th century that led to the rise of modern banking, borrowing and insurance, luxury markets amd the balance of trade.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Spufford
ISBN: 0500251185 9780500251188
OCLC Number: 49906319
Description: 432 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: 1. The transformation of trade --
The commercial revolution of the thirteenth century --
The merchant who did not travel --
Merchants abroad --
Trading companies --
Commercial correspondence and couriers --
Bookkeeping, literacy and commercial arithmetic --
Insurance --
International banking --
Local banking --
Usury and interest rates --
Centre and periphery --
Staple towns --
Fairs --
Exchanges and brokers Information --
Careers in business --
Climate for growth and capital accumulation --
Money supply and economic change --
2. Courts and consumers --
The wealth of rulers --
The palaces of rulers --
Princely town houses --
The composition of court cities --
The size of court cities --
City and country --
Feeding court cities --
Court cities and the trade in luxuries --
The demand for luxury food and drink --
The demand for luxury clothing --
The demand for plate and jewels --
Military demand --
Italian suppliers of luxuries --
3. From court to counting house --
From Paris to Dijon --
Brie and Champagne --
Burgundy --
The Great --
St Bernard and Simplon passes --
Rhone valley routes to Italy --
The Mont Cenis route to Italy --
Sea routes to Italy --
4. Helps and hindrances to trade --
Bridges --
The road revolution --
Mountain passes --
Commercial pressure for improvement --
Roads, rivers and lakes --
Local carriers and watermen --
Longer-distance carriers --
Loads, speeds and costs of carriage --
Inns --
Hospices --
Brigands and robbers --
Armed escorts --
Reprisal --
War --
Customs dues --
Tolls --
Quicker, cheaper and safer transport --
5. Trade in manufactured goods --
Industrial regions --
Woollen cloth --
The manufacture of woollen cloth --
Silk fabrics --
Linens, cottons and fustians --
Paper --
Metal working --
Arms and armour --
Brass --
Glass --
Pottery --
Soap --
Soda ash --
Trade in 'works of art' --
Tapestries and carpets --
Opus Anglicanum and ivory --
Manuscript and printed books --
Imitation --
6. Trade in foodstuffs, raw materials and slaves --
Grain --
Wine and beer --
Salt --
Olive oil --
Honey and wax --
Sugar --
Spices --
Silk --
Pearls and precious stones --
Raw materials at Bruges --
Building materials and fuel --
Metals --
Wool --
Wool from England --
Wool from Spain --
Cotton Flax and hemp --
Dyestuffs and alum --
Furs --
Slaves --
7. Imbalances in trade --
The Black Sea and the Levant --
The Baltic --
North Africa --
England and Castile --
The Southern Netherlands and Northern Italy --
Southern Germany --
Silver and gold mines --
Miners, mine-owners, smelters and mints --
Mining towns --
Precious metals and European trade --
8. Conclusion: the pattern of trade --
The scale of commercial activity --
Changes in land routes --
Sea routes Cost, speed and safety --
Main themes.
Responsibility: Peter Spufford.
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A comprehensive picture of the role of merchants and money in the medieval world. It covers the financial revolutions of the 13th century that led to the rise of modern banking, borrowing and insurance, luxury markets amd the balance of trade.

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