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He 13th century that led to the rise of modern banking borrowing and insurance; the market in luxuries and the role of the great courts; international fairs; trade routes and the hazards of transport; raw materials; manufactured goods; the wealth of cities and nations; and the balance of trade between countri. The title of Peter Spufford s book is a little deceptive as it is much than a study of merchants in the Middle Ages What Peter Spufford has done in this book is to provide an accessible description of the nature and forms of commerce in medieval Europe This may sound like a dull subject but in Spufford s hands it is anything but Demolishing many myths he demonstrates that the medieval European economy was both highly integrated and increasingly sophisticated with numerous business innovations such as marine insurance and the holding company pioneered during this era In successive chapters he describes such aspects of the medieval economy as markets commodities and trading routes explaining what was traded where and why It s a fascinating take on an era often associated with ard knights and peasants any one that demonstrates that globalization is hardly a phenomenon exclusive to our modern era Simply put this is a magnificent study and one that needs to be read by anyone interested in the Middle Ages

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Power and Profit The Merchant in Medieval Europe

The years between 1200 and 1500 saw the economy of Europe transformed from being rural feudal and localized to being urban capitalist and expansionist Professor Spufford who has made a lifelong study of these changes here brings together a vast amount of material from archives all over the world letters accou. This is not to race throughthere s something to be learned on every page From what was traded into and out of Europe to how it was transported and what it cost every step of the way Spufford has delved into what little record there is and reached some persuasive conclusions about medieval entrepreneurship The first edition hardcover illustrations are eclectic but useful An excellent companion to his Money and Its Uses in Medieval Europe

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Nt books legal documents civil records to build up a comprehensive general picture He has also personally travelled many of the roads rivers and mountain passes that were the arteries of medieval trade bringing the whole subject to vivid life The eight chapters of the book cover the financial revolutions of t. Pros lots of images and maps so much good informationCons dense took me several weeks to readThe book consists of 8 chapters The transformation of trade Courts and consumers From court to counting house Helps and hindrances to trade Trade in manufactured goods Trade in foodstuffs raw materials and slaves Imbalances in trade and Conclusion the pattern of tradeThe book on the whole goes into the nitty gritty of all aspects of trade so if you re not interested in how long it took for couriers to go from one place to another vs the same route travelled by a 4 wheeled wagon 2 wheeled wagon or pack animal then this isn t for you I found the writing style rather dry and academic at times At other times it grabbed my interest even if the section wasn t on a topic I was particularly interested in For example I found the sections of the cost of road maintenance and who was expected to perform and pay for it really interestingEach chapter is subdivided though unless you know where the information you want is located you may not find it easily For example the section on how uickly couriers can travel isn t in the same chapter as that of wheeled wagons though the author does put in page numbers at times to help you find complementary information I tried to return to an interesting paragraph about bridge building done by merchants and experienced some frustration as it wasn t in any of the sections labelled as being about bridges but in a section called Commercial pressure for improvement If trade in the middle ages is of particular interest to you than you will learn a lot about it here If you re interested in fleshing out a novel again there are some real gems though you may find it a bit tiresome locating themA few things I learned some merchants paid innkeepers to store and repack good then arrange transit to the next inn Rooms in inns contained several beds separated by curtains and travellers found themselves sharing beds with strangers Merchants braved passes in the Alps during the winter even when the passes were dangerous In some cases merchant houses paid for repairs and even the building of bridges if the communities responsible for them neglected them Cities uickly grew up around fairs and died out uickly if those fairs moved Though inns were profitable businesses hospices hostels for pilgrims or the poorhospitals even when properly run were not Slaves were traded by Southern Italians from the 1300s on and owning them was only illegal if they were Christians and some captured in the Balkans were The children of slaves were free so there was no self perptuating market Chapter 5 on where and how trade goods were manufactured was very interesting Each section was fairly short but packed in a ton of information Chapter 6 on bulk trade items things like raw wool and grain was also interesting talking about which goods were worth transporting and how larger cities needed to import food as the local areas couldn t support themThe book has a large number of black and white as well as colour images illustrating medieval processes These are often later woodcuts manuscript images or close ups of the background in paintings where painters added scenes from daily life There is also a lot of maps so it s easy to understand the various trade routes and manufacturing centresIt took a while to read as the information is very dense but it s worth the time and effort and you ll come away knowing a lot about the interconnectedness of the medieval world


7 thoughts on “Power and Profit The Merchant in Medieval Europe

  1. says:

    This beautifully illustrated history of the development of Europe's banking system provides an explanation for the layman of the great financial revolution that occurred in Europe during the Middle Ages that dramatically increased the overal

  2. says:

    This is not to race throughthere's something to be learned on every page From what was traded into and out of Europe to how it was transported and what it cost every step of the way Spufford has delved into what little record there is and reached some persuasive conclusions about medieval entrepreneurship The first edition hardcover illustrations are eclectic but useful An excellent companion to his Money and Its Uses in Medieval Europe

  3. says:

    Pros lots of images and maps so much good informationCons dense took me several weeks to readThe book consists of 8 chapters The transformation of trade; Courts and consumers; From court to counting house; Helps and hindrances to trade; Trade i

  4. says:

    An eye opening book Medieval Europe becomes much modern reading this book traveler cheues in the 1400s The breadth of this book is incredible It is not a one sitting reading it took me weeks to slowly make my wa

  5. says:

    The title of Peter Spufford's book is a little deceptive as it is much than a study of merchants in the Middle Ages What Peter Spufford has done in this book is to provide an accessible description of the nature and forms of commerce in medieval Europe This may sound like a dull subject but in Spufford's hands it is anything but D

  6. says:

    Fascinating Loved reading how medieval merchants were the link between Europe and Asia Highly recommended for the history buff

  7. says:

    An aside I really wish Goodreads allowed 12 starsI appreciated so many things bout this book right down to the gloss paper and wonderful full color images thought the book hardcover version I had the sense that I

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