Trade, Money, and Power in Medieval England
The sixteen articles in this collection analyse the contribution made by overseas trade, and the wealth in coin which it created, to the development of the English economy, and locate this in an Europe-wide setting. In time, they range from the late Anglo-Saxon period up to the advent of the Tudors. The papers include general surveys of the importance of coinage and illustrate how from the tenth century the English crown used its control and exploitation of the coinage as part of a sophisticated fiscal system which helped create the precocious power of the English state. They also show how the wool trade altered the geographical pattern of wealth, while the competing interests involved in the trade in turn caused political conflicts in Parliament and in the government of London.