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This volume contains selected essays in celebration of the scholarship of the medieval historian Professor James L. Bolton. The essays address a number of different questions in medieval economic and social history, as the volume looks at the activities of merchants, their trade, legal interactions and identities, and on the importance of money and credit in the rural and urban economies. Other essays look more widely at patterns of immigration  to London, trade and royal policy, and the role that merchants played in the Hundred Years War.


  • I. London merchants: companies, identities and culture
  • 1. Negotiating merchant identities: the Stockfishmongers and London’s companies merging and dividing, c.1450–1550
    Justin Colson
  • 2. ‘Writying, making and engrocyng’: clerks, guilds and identity in late medieval London
    Matthew Davies
  • 3. What did medieval London merchants read?
    Caroline M. Barron
  • 4. ‘For quicke and deade memorie masses’: merchant piety in late medieval London
    Christian Steer
  • II. Warfare, trade and mobility
  • 5. Fighting merchants
    Sam Gibbs and Adrian R. Bell
  • 6. London and its merchants in the Italian archives, 1380–1530
    F. Guidi-Bruscoli
  • 7. Settled or fleeting? London’s medieval immigrant community revisited
    Jessica Lutkin
  • III. Merchants and the English crown
  • 8. East coast ports and the Iceland trade, 1483–5 (1489): protection and compensation
    Anne F. Sutton
  • 9. Royal servants and city fathers: the double lives of London goldsmiths at the court of Henry VII
    S. P. Harper
  • IV. Money and mints
  • 10. Medieval merchants and the English mints and exchanges, 973–1489
    Martin Allen
  • 11. The prosecution of counterfeiting in Lancastrian England
    Hannes Kleineke
  • V. Markets, credit and the rural economy
  • 12. The economic impact of clothmaking on rural society, 1300–1550
    John Oldland
  • 13. Dealing in crisis: external credit and the early fourteenth-century English village
    Phillipp R. Schofield
  • 14. Market courts and lex mercatoria in late medieval England
    James Davis
  • VI. Merchants and the law
  • 15. Merchants and their use of the action of account in thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century England
    Paul Brand
  • 16. ‘According to the law of merchants and the custom of the city of London’: Burton v. Davy (1436) and the negotiability of credit instruments in medieval England
    Tony Moore

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