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Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance

Government and Merchant Finance in Anglo-Gascon Trade, 1300–1500

Authors: Blackmore, Robert

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  • Offers a fresh perspective on the link between trade and government finance in the Late Middle Ages
  • Showcases new evidence for the importance of medieval commodity markets: their relationship to the movement of money and exchange rates
  • Expands on subjects such as merchant credit and partnerships, as well as taxation and public debt
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The Late Middle Ages (c.1300–c.1500) saw the development of many of the key economic institutions of the modern unitary nation-state in Europe. After the ‘commercial revolution’ of the thirteenth century, taxes on trade became increasingly significant contributors to government finances, and as such there were ever greater efforts to control the flow of goods and money.

This book presents a case study of the commercial and financial links between the kingdom of England and the duchy of Aquitaine across the late-medieval period, with a special emphasis on the role of the English Plantagenet government that had ruled both in a political union since 1154. It establishes a strong connection between fluctuations in commodity markets, large monetary flows and unstable financial markets, most notably in trade credit and equity partnerships.

It shows how the economic relationship deteriorated under the many exogenous shocks of the period, the wars, plagues and famines, as well as politically motivated regulatory intervention. Despite frequent efforts to innovate in response, both merchants and governments experienced a series of protracted financial crises that presaged the break-up of the union of kingdom and duchy in 1453, with the latter’s conquest by the French crown. Of particular interest to scholars of the late-medieval European economy, this book will also appeal to those researching wider economic or financial history.

About the authors

Robert Blackmore is an economic historian specialising in trade and finance in the Late Middle Ages. He was awarded his PhD in 2018 by the University of Southampton, UK, for his doctoral thesis ‘The Political Economy of the Anglo-Gascon Wine Trade, c.1348–c.1453'.

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“This compelling analysis of the commercial and fiscal impact of the political union of England and Aquitaine in the late middle ages offers new data drawn from a wide range of archival sources, as well as challenges to traditional interpretations that have underplayed the key role of financial institutions and commodity markets, notably wine, in shaping political ties. Especially valuable are the new insights provided about the multi-faceted relationship between financial and political capital that worked to create and then weaken the bonds between England and the duchy.” (Maryanne Kowaleski, Joseph Fitzpatrick S.J. Distinguished Professor of History and Medieval Studies, Fordham University, USA)

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-34536-5
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Hardcover $119.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Government and Merchant Finance in Anglo-Gascon Trade, 1300–1500
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-34536-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-34536-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-34535-8
Series ISSN
2662-5164
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 324
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations
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