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The Resource Medieval market morality : life, law and ethics in the English marketplace, 1200-1500, James Davis

Medieval market morality : life, law and ethics in the English marketplace, 1200-1500, James Davis

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Medieval market morality : life, law and ethics in the English marketplace, 1200-1500
Title
Medieval market morality
Title remainder
life, law and ethics in the English marketplace, 1200-1500
Statement of responsibility
James Davis
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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 fifteenth-century poem London Lickpenny provides a vivid portrait of a town's streets, brimming with the vibrant noises and sights of market life. Within the marketplaces of medieval London swarmed a multitude of hawkers, pedlars, cooks and stallholders, all crying their wares and pestering potential customers: Then went I forth by London stone, Throughout all Canwyle streete; Candlewick Street Drapers mutch cloth me offred anone.' Then comes me one, cryed, 'Hot shepes feete!' One cryde, 'Makerell!'; 'Ryshes grene!' another gan greete Rushes One bad me by a hood to cover my head -But for want of mony I myght not be sped.1 The poem portrays a young man from the country who is bewildered by the cacophony of sounds, but is perhaps also seduced by the contrasting sights and smells of a commercial world in which money is the prime motivational force. The writer emphasises the variety of goods on sale, as well as the belligerent persistence of the vendors. However, a distasteful undercurrent is implied. A hood lost by the young man is later spotted by him on a stall, being sold amidst other stolen goods"--
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Davis, James
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HF5474.G7
LC item number
D38 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Markets
  • Retail trade
  • Cities and towns, Medieval
  • England
  • Social history
  • Ethics
  • HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
Label
Medieval market morality : life, law and ethics in the English marketplace, 1200-1500, James Davis
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 459-505) and index
Contents
Introduction -- Images of market trade -- Regulation of the market -- The behaviour of market traders -- An evolving market morality -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
744299756
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 514 p.
Isbn
9781107003439
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011033054
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)744299756
Label
Medieval market morality : life, law and ethics in the English marketplace, 1200-1500, James Davis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 459-505) and index
Contents
Introduction -- Images of market trade -- Regulation of the market -- The behaviour of market traders -- An evolving market morality -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
744299756
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 514 p.
Isbn
9781107003439
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011033054
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)744299756

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