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Credit and Village Society in Fourteenth-Century England
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Credit and Village Society in Fourteenth-Century England

Chris Briggs

Abstract

Exploring the role of credit is vital to understanding any economy. In the past two decades historians of many European regions have become increasingly aware that medieval credit, far from being the preserve of merchants, bankers, or monarchs, was actually of basic importance to the ordinary villagers who made up most of the population. This study is devoted to credit in rural England in the middle ages. Focusing in particular on seven well-documented villages, it examines in detail some of the many thousands of village credit transactions of this period, identifies the people who performed t ... More

Keywords: medieval English credit, credit, rural England, middle ages, village credit, debt litigation, manor courts, medieval Europe, early modern Europe, plague

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264416
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264416.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Briggs, author
Research Associate, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge