Studies in Medieval Trade and Finance - E. B. FrydeLondon: The Hambledon Press, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the text block tanned.
Number 13 in the series. Includes: Tables;
From the cover: “The commercial and financial history of later medieval England is an important but often neglected area; Professor E. B. Fryde’s writings are a major contribution to its understanding. Based on extensive investigation of both the royal archives and foreign, especially Italian, sources, he shows the international web of trade and finance at work.
The dissipation of Edward Fs and Edward Ill’s funds in the Netherlands demonstrates how quickly war could bankrupt even the wealthiest monarch, while the government’s insatiable appetite for money opened the way for the careers of royal financiers. The dangers and rewards of involvement with the crown are shown in the lives of such men as Goldbeter, Chiriton and William de la Pole. Professor Fryde brings out the sophistication and precocity of their methods, while also seeing how the fiscal oppression and administrative corruption involved in the process kept the English population in a chronic state of discontent, which finally erupted in the Great Revolt of 1381.”