Medieval Market Morality: Life, Law and Ethics in the English Marketplace, 1200-1500
"The task James Davis has set himself in this excellent book is to describe those regulations, morals, attitudes and prejudices [of the medieval market], and then to examine through case studies of individual markets precisely how they circumscribed the interaction of forces of supply and demand... What emerges from his exposition is a nuanced perspective on what people thought of markets ... Davis has done us an important service by showing us another important way in which the long road to the modern economy can be traced back to a period earlier than most historians in the past would have thought likely." -Shami Ghosh, Reviews in History"...scholars at all levels of acadme can benefit from this outstanding volume. Essential." -Choice"...this is an important new book that makes a major contribution to what is now a mature field." -James Masschaele, The Journal of British Studies This examination of the moral economy of medieval markets provides a wide-ranging critique of the ethical and legal foundations of retail trade. It shows how market-goers were influenced not only by practical economic considerations of price, quality, supply and demand, but also by moral values and everyday notions of justice.
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