Mortality, Trade, Money and Credit in Late Medieval England (1285-1531): 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Mortality, Trade, Money and Credit in Late Medieval England (1285-1531)

1st Edition

By Pamela Nightingale


344 pages

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The eleven articles in this volume examine controversial subjects of central importance to medieval economic historians. Topics include the relative roles played by money and credit in financing the economy, whether credit could compensate for shortages of coin, and whether it could counteract the devastating mortality of the Black Death. Drawing on a detailed analysis of the Statute Merchant and Staple records, the articles chart the chronological and geographical changes in the economy from the late-thirteenth to the early-sixteenth centuries. This period started with the triumph of English merchants over alien exporters in the early 1300s, and concluded in the early 1500s with cloth exports overtaking wool in value. The volume assesses how these changes came about, as well as the ways in which both political and economic forces altered the pattern of regional wealth and enterprise, in ways which saw the northern towns decline, and London rise to be the undisputed financial capital of England.

Table of Contents

1. Some New Evidence of Crises and Trends of Mortality in Late Medieval England

Past & Present no. 187, The Past and Present Society, Oxford, 2005

2. Alien Finance and the Development of the Medieval English Economy, 1285-1511

The Economic History Review, Economic History Society, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 2012

3. The Impact of Crises on Credit in the late Medieval English Economy

A.T. Brown, A. Burn and R. Doherty (eds), Crises in Economic and Social History: A Comparative Perspective, Boydell Press, 2015

4. English Medieval Weight Standards Revisited

British Numismatic Journal vol. 78, British Numismatic Society, London, 2008

5. Finance on the Frontier: Money and Credit in Northumberland, Westmorland and Cumberland, in the Later Middle Ages

M. Allen & D'M Coffman (eds), Money, Prices, and Wages: Essays in Honour of Professor Nicholas Mayhew, 2015. Reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan.

6. The Intervention of the Crown and the Effectiveness of the Sheriff in the Execution of Judicial Writs, c.1355–1530

The English Historical Review, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2008

7. The Rise and Decline of Medieval York: A Reassessment

Past & Present no. 206, The Past and Present Society, Oxford, 2010

8. The Rise of London as a Financial Capital in Late Medieval England

M. Lorenzini, C. Lorandi and D’M. Coffman (eds), Financing in Europe: Evolution, Coexistance and Complementarity of Lending Practices from the Middle Ages to Modern Times, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2018

9. Gold, Credit, and Mortality: Distinguishing Deflationary Pressures on the Late Medieval English Economy

The Economic History Review, vol. 63(4), Wiley, 2010

10. The Effect of the Black Death on Regional Commercial Economies, 1350-1369 (previously unpublished)

11. A Crisis of Credit in the Fifteenth Century, or of Historical Interpretation?

British Numismatic Journal, vol. 83, British Numismatic Society, London, 2013

About the Author

Pamela Nightingale was a scholar of Newnham College, Cambridge where, for her Ph.D., she worked on the history of the East India Company in the eighteenth century. Her thesis was published in 1970 as Trade and Empire in Western India, 1784-1806, by Cambridge University Press. While her three children were small she taught for the Open University, and subsequently published further books on British India and Kashgar in Chinese Central Asia, before making the major change involved in writing A Medieval Mercantile Community. This focused on the London Grocers' Company and its part in the economic and political developments of the medieval English economy. In 1999 she was elected a member of Oxford University's History Faculty, and in 2010 she was awarded an Oxford D. Litt degree. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval