Bullion Flows and Monetary Policies in England and the Low Countries, 1350–1500: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Bullion Flows and Monetary Policies in England and the Low Countries, 1350–1500

1st Edition

By John H. Munro


329 pages

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Did ’money matter’ in the economic history of medieval Europe? In these essays John Munro has pursued the controversies surrounding the monetary (not ’monetarist’) history of the period, specifically in relation to England and Flanders, and the other Burgundian Low Countries, during the late Middle Ages. He argues that, without doubt, monetary factors and policies were crucial, and attempts to integrate them with other factors, themselves often of equal significance, such as demographic change or institutional controls. The focus is upon the international flow of precious metals through the region and various related economic themes: the so-called late-medieval ’bullion famine’; the relation between monetary and price changes; the role of coinage in financing warfare ; ’bullionist’ mint policies as both fiscal and monetary remedies for perceived economic, political, and military problems; and the consequences of warfare, war-financing, monetary policies, and related monetary problems for the two countries' commerce, finance and industries, especially those involving woollen textiles. Quelle était la véritable importance de l’argent dans l’histoire monétaire et économique de l’Europe du Moyen Age? Au travers de ce volume, John Munro poursuit les controverses de cette période, plus spécifiquement se rapportant à l’Angleterre et aux Flandres, ainsi qu’aux autres Pays-Bas Bourguignons, vers la fin du Moyen Age. Il affirme que la politique et les facteurs monétaires étaient, sans aucun doute, d’une importance vitale et tente de les intéger à d’autres paramètres tout aussi significants, tels le changement démographique et les controles institutionnels. L’accent est mis sur la circulation internationale de métaux précieux dans toute la région, ainsi que sur divers thèmes s’y rattachant: la soit-disante ’famine d’or’ du Bas Moyen Age; le rapport entre changements monétaires et changements de prix; le rôle de la fra

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; An economic aspect of the collapse of the Anglo-Burgundian alliance, 1428-1442; An aspect of medieval public finance: the profits of counterfeiting in the 15th-century Low Countries; Billon-billoen-billio: from bullion to base coinage, an essay in numismatic philology; Bullionism and the bill of exchange in England, 1272-1663: a study in monetary management and popular prejudice; Mint policies, ratios, and outputs in the Low Countries and England, 1335-1420: some reflections on new data; Bullion flows and monetary contraction in late-medieval England and the Low Countries; Monnayage, monnaies de compte et mutations monétaires au Brabant à la fin du moyen âge; Deflation and the petty coinage problem in the late-medieval economy: the case of Flanders, 1334-1484; Index.

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