Seminar and Essay Questions
- Did the benefits outweigh the disadvantages of urban life in the Middle Ages?
- In what sense was there a commercial revolution in the thirteenth century?
- What roles did merchant and craft guilds play in medieval towns?
- What were the risks involved in conducting international trade? How were they mitigated?
- What were the main sources of tension within urban communities?
- Pope Innocent III: License to Venice to Trade With The Saracens, 1198 .
- Reginald of Durham: Life of St. Goderic
- Southampton Guild Organization, 14th Century
Barber, The Two Cities, 48-79
Bartlett, The Making of Europe, 167-196, 233-235, 280-288
Power, The Central Middle Ages, 57-90.
Waley and Denley, Later Medieval Europe, 15-21, 90-92
'Images of Market Trade' in James Davis, Medieval market morality : life, law and ethics in the English marketplace, 1200-1500, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
R. Britnell, 'Town Life' in A Social History of England, R. Horrox and M. Ormrod, eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
- The Internet Medieval Sourcebook has sections on the rise of towns and the commercial revoultion.
- The Burghal Hidage
- 'The Viking Way'. BBC radio series, November 2005.
- The Viking Age in Ireland
- Novgorod Online
- Medieval Coventry
- Map showing the main trade routes of late medieval Europe. The black lines show the routes of the Hanseatic League, the blue Venetian and the red Genoese routes. Purple lines are routes used by both the Venetians and the Genoese. Overland and river routes are stippled.
- The Carta marina of the Baltic Sea region (1539)
- Privileges Granted to German Merchants at Novgorod, 1229.
- In Our Time, "The City", Part One and Two. BBC Radio series, March 2010.
Bautier, R.-H., The Economic Development of Medieval Europe (London, 1971)
Blockmans, Wim, Mikhail Krom and Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz (eds.), The Routledge handbook of maritime trade around Europe 1300-1600 (Routledge, 2017) (lots of useful articles)
Brundage, James A., 'Usury' in Joseph R. Strayer et al. (eds.), Dictionary of the Middle Ages, 13 vols. (New York, 1982-89), vol. 12, pp. 335-9.
Davis, James, Medieval market morality : life, law and ethics in the English marketplace, 1200-1500, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Day, John, The Medieval Market Economy (Oxford, 1987)
Duby, Georges, The Early Growth of the European Economy: Warriors and Peasants from the Seventh to the Twelfth Century (Ithaca, NY, 1974)
Epstein, S. R., Guilds, innovation and the European economy, 1400-1800. (Leiden: Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Gerrard, Daniel, 'William of Malmesbury and Civic Virtue' in Discovering William of Malmesbury, Rodney M. Thomson , Emily Dolmans , Emily A. Winkler (eds.) (Boydell and Brewer, 2018), pp.27-36.
Hanawalt, Barbara, Growing Up in Medieval London: The Experience of Childhood in History (Oxford, 1993) [also online]
Holt, Richard, and Rosser, Gervase, (eds.), The English Medieval Town: A Reader in English Urban History 1200-1540 (London, 1990)
Howell, Martha C., Commerce before capitalism in Europe, 1300-1600 (Cambridge, 2010).
Hunt, Edwin S., and Murray, James M., A History of Business in Medieval Europe, 1200-1550 (Cambridge, 1999)
Le Goff, Jacques, Time, Work, and Culture in the Middle Ages, trans. Arthur Goldhammer (Chicago, 1980)
Lopez, Robert S. et al. (eds. and trans.), Medieval Trade in the Mediterranean World (1955; rept. 2001) [An important collection of documents]
Lopez, Robert S., The Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages 950-1350 (Cambridge, 1976)
Mollat, Michel, The Poor in the Middle Ages, trans. Arthur Goldhammer (New Haven, 1986)
Nicholas, David, Medieval Flanders (London, 1992)
Nicholas, David, The Growth of the Medieval City (Harlow, 1997)
Nicholas, David, The Later Medieval City (Harlow, 1997)
Ogilvie, Sheilagh C., Institutions and European Trade : Merchant Guilds, 1000-1800 (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Phipps, Teresa, 'Female Litigants and the Borough Court: Status and Strategy in the Case of Agnes Halum of Nottingham' in Town courts and urban society in late Medieval England, 1250-1500, Richard Goddard and Teresa Phipps (eds) (Boydell, 2019)
Pirenne, Henri, Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade (Princeton, NJ, 1952)
Postan, M.M., et al. (eds.), The Cambridge Economic History of Europe, vol. 2: Trade and Industry in the Middle Ages, 2nd ed. (Cambridge, 1987)
Pounds, N., An Economic History of Medieval Europe, 2nd ed. (London, 1994)
Spufford, Peter, Money and Its Use in Medieval Europe (Cambridge, 1988)
Spufford, Peter, Power and Profit: The Merchant in Medieval Europe (London, 2002)
Wood, Diana, Medieval Economic Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)