Newly available in paperback, this is a wonderfully readable account of the role of merchants and money in the medieval world. Professor Spufford, who has made a lifelong study of the subject, brings together a vast amount of material from archives all over the world to build up this important economic history of the origins of capitalism - essential reading for the scholar, but also engaging and entertaining to the layman.Biografía del autor:
Peter Spufford is Emeritus Professor of European History at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge.
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Descripción Estado de conservación: New. The earliest surviving cheque was drawn in 1365 by two Florentines to pay a draper for black cloth for a family funeral . . . In 1360 a banker in Barcelona was beheaded in front of his bank for failing to honour his clients' accounts . . . In 1477 a confidence-trickster persuaded a citizen of Cologne to buy shares in a non-existent silver mine . . . From a thousand tiny facts like these, the fruit of nearly thirty years' research, Spufford builds up a picture of the medieval business world. Following the story of burgeoning growth, the tale traverses Europe along the ancient trade routes by which Asian spices and Venetian glass, furs from Russia and falcons from Iceland, wines from Bordeaux and tapestries from the Netherlands were distributed. Appropriately, the book itself is opulently produced, illustrated with details from the backgrounds of altarpieces and the margins of illuminated manuscripts. . . achieves that increasingly rare combination of scholarly rigour and fascinating, always accessible, information and narrative. TABLET. Nº de ref. de la librería 1430
Descripción Thames & Hudson, 2006. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110500285942