Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics

Economic Ethics in Late Medieval England, 1300–1500

Authors: Hole, Jennifer

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    • Through archival records in the form of letters, statutes, petitions and manorial court records the author examines economic ethics and practices in late medieval England
    • Offers a new perspective on business-ethics and how individuals responded to moral issues arising from economic activity
    • Traces where economics became separated from ethics

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Drawing on an array of archival evidence from court records to the poems of Chaucer, this work explores how medieval thinkers understood economic activity, how their ideas were transmitted and the extent to which they were accepted. Moving beyond the impersonal operations of an economy to its ethical dimension, Hole’s socio-cultural study considers not only the ideas and beliefs of theologians and philosophers, but how these influenced assumptions and preoccupations about material concerns in late medieval English society. Beginning with late medieval English writings on economic ethics and its origins, the author illuminates a society which, although strictly hierarchical and unequal, nevertheless fostered expectations that all its members should avoid greed and excess consumption. Throughout, Hole aims to show that economic ethics had a broader application than trade and usury in late medieval England.


About the authors

Jennifer Hole is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Western Australia. Her previous background was in commerce, specialising in industry analysis.

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“Hole’s study is ambitious, with chapters on the origins and doctrines of economic ethics, the translation of these ideas into the life of the laity, economic ethics in great literary works of the period, economic law (including case studies of economic injustice), the ethical and unethical actions of landowners, and the understanding of economic ethics among individuals as gleaned from their personal correspondence. … This is a fine contribution to the history of economic thought.” (Journal of Markets & Morality, Vol. 20 (2), 2017)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $109.00
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Softcover $149.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Economic Ethics in Late Medieval England, 1300–1500
Authors
Series Title
Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-38860-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-38860-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-38859-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81765-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 300
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