Edited by Martin Allen and Matthew Davies


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.

Published in 2016 as part of the IHR Conference Series

Individual chapters are available Open Access via JSTOR Open Access Books

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Table of contents

About the contributors

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

Bibliography of the published writings of James L. Bolton