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Cambridge Medieval Textbooks : Medieval Economic Thought - Diana Wood

Cambridge Medieval Textbooks

Medieval Economic Thought


Published: 19th December 2002
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This book is an introduction to medieval economic thought, mainly from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries, as it emerges from the works of academic theologians and lawyers and other sources - from Italian merchants' writings to vernacular poetry, Parliamentary legislation, and manorial court rolls. It raises a number of questions based on the Aristotelian idea of the mean, the balance and harmony underlying justice, as applied by medieval thinkers to the changing economy. How could private ownership of property be reconciled with God's gift of the earth to all in common? How could charity balance resources between rich and poor? What was money? What were the just price and the just wage? How was a balance to be achieved between lender and borrower and how did the idea of usury change to reflect this? The answers emerge from a wide variety of ecclesiastical and secular sources.

'In its range and clarity Medieval Economic Thought is an excellent introduction to its topic.' The Agricultural History Review '... well written, very rich of information and really enjoyable for the many references to historical facts about economic policy, mercantile life, customs, etc. It is a good reading for those willing to go deeper in the medieval economic culture, either as an amateur or as a researcher.' History of Economic Ideas

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction Problems, Evidence, and Backgroundp. 1
Private Property Versus Communal Rights: the Conflict of Two Lawsp. 17
Wealth, Beggary, and Sufficiencyp. 42
What is Money?p. 69
Sovereign Concerns: Weights, Measures, and Coinagep. 89
The Mercantile Systemp. 110
The Just Price and the Just Wagep. 132
The Nature of Usury: the Usurer as Winnerp. 159
The Theory of Interest: the Usurer as Loserp. 181
Conclusionp. 206
Appendix: Notes on the Main Writers and Anonymous Works Mentioned in the Textp. 210
Glossary of Termsp. 224
Select Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780521458931
ISBN-10: 0521458935
Series: Cambridge Medieval Textbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 19th December 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 18.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.35