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This important new study examines the market trade of medieval England from a new perspective, by providing a wide-ranging critique of the moral and legal imperatives that underpinned retail trade. James Davis shows how market-goers were influenced not only by practical and economic considerations of price, quality, supply and demand, but also by the moral and cultural environment within which such deals were conducted. This book draws on a broad range of cross-disciplinary evidence, from the literary works of William Langland and the sermons of medieval preachers, to state, civic and guild laws, Davis scrutinises everyday market behaviour through case studies of small and large towns, using the evidence of manor and borough courts. From these varied sources, Davis teases out the complex relationship between morality, law and practice and demonstrates that even the influence of contemporary Christian ideology was not necessarily incompatible with efficient and profitable everyday commerce.

"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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  • PDF | 534 pages
  • James Davis(Author)
  • Cambridge University Press (January 9, 2012)
  • English
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  • By Yavgeny Patent on February 4, 2014

    I think anyone, who's interested in any kind of information about medieval economical regulations in england, can find related information in this book, as it provides information about the phillospohy behind the regulations, regulations themselves and even lots of relevant images and other art related data.Just for example, any book on medieval diet and beverages in England will tell you about the assize of ale and bread, but this is one of the few books ive read on the subject, that actually goes beyoned that, and gives you some background about other regulations on these subjects as well.


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