Money and Its Use in Medieval Europe, Issue 1993

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 21, 1989 - Business & Economics - 484 pages
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This is a full-scale study of the history of money, not merely of coinage, to have been written for medieval Europe. The book is not limited to one country, or to any one period or theme, but extracts the most important elements for the historian across the broadest possible canvas. Its scope extends from the mining of precious metals on the one hand, to banking, including the use of cheques and bills of exchange, on the other. Chapters are arranged chronologically, rather than regionally or thematically, and offer a detailed picture of the many and changing roles played by money, in all its forms, in all parts of Europe throughout the Middle Ages. Thus money is seen as having differing values for differing parts of individual societies. The book shows money moving and changing as a result of war and trade and other political, economic and ecclesiastical activities without regard for national barriers or the supposed separation between 'East' and 'West'.
 

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Contents

Before the Commercial Revolution
7
The Appearance of the Denier and the Revival of Trade
27
Feudal Deniers and Viking Dirhams
55
Saxon Silver and the Expansion of Minting
74
The Commercial Revolution of the Thirteenth Century
109
The Balance of Payments and the Movement of Silver
132
European Silver and African Gold
163
New Mints
187
The Scourge of Debasement
289
The Money of Europe around 1400
319
The BullionFamines of the Later Middle Ages
339
Money on the Eve of the Price Revolution
363
Conclusion
378
The Coins Most Commonly in Use in the Middle Ages
397
Money of Account
411
Production at Some Later Medieval Mints
415

Ingots of Silver
209
New Money
225
The Place of Money in the Commercial Revolution of the Thirteenth Century
240
The Late Middle Ages
267
Bibliography
423
Coin Index
443
General Index
447
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Spufford was until 2001 Professor of European History, University of Cambridge.

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