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Power and Profit: The Merchant in Medieval Europe based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A fascinating account on medieval trade, focusing on long-distance trade of both bulk, standard goods and luxury items. Mostly seems to cover 13th, 14th and 15th century developments.There's information on goods (interesting from a medieval consumer point of view), travel routes, technology, merchant methods, banking, money...It has many illustrations which are already interesting if you are curious about medieval culture and lifestyles.
A much needed study of medieval economy that should replace all the wrong ideas in common circulation. Spuford's "Money and its Use in Medieval Europe" is too expensive for average reader. His many other scholarly contributions are difficult to obtain. But this book begins in 13th century. He would have provided even more valuable revision by starting in the 6th or 7th centuries.