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The Resource Legal plunder : households and debt collection in late Medieval Europe, Daniel Lord Smail

Legal plunder : households and debt collection in late Medieval Europe, Daniel Lord Smail

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Legal plunder : households and debt collection in late Medieval Europe
Title
Legal plunder
Title remainder
households and debt collection in late Medieval Europe
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Lord Smail
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
As Europe began to grow rich during the Middle Ages, its wealth materialized in the well-made clothes, linens, and wares of ordinary households. Such items were indicators of one's station in life in a society accustomed to reading visible signs of rank. In a world without banking, household goods became valuable commodities that often substituted for hard currency. Pawnbrokers and resellers sprang up, helping to push these goods into circulation. Simultaneously, a harshly coercive legal system developed to ensure that debtors paid their due. Focusing on the Mediterranean cities of Marseille and Lucca, Legal Plunder explores how the newfound wealth embodied in household goods shaped the beginnings of a modern consumer economy in late medieval Europe. The vigorous trade in goods that grew up in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries entangled households in complex relationships of credit and debt, and one of the most common activities of law courts during the period was debt recovery. Sergeants of the law were empowered to march into debtors' homes and seize belongings equal in value to the debt owed. These officials were agents of a predatory economy, cogs in a political machinery of state-sponsored plunder. As Daniel Smail shows, the records of medieval European law courts offer some of the most vivid descriptions of material culture in this period, providing insights into the lives of men and women on the cusp of modern capitalism. Then as now, money and value were implicated in questions of power and patterns of violence.--
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Smail, Daniel Lord
Dewey number
  • 332.1753
  • 944.91202-F
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Debt
  • Collecting of accounts
  • Material culture
  • Debt
  • Collecting of accounts
  • Material culture
Label
Legal plunder : households and debt collection in late Medieval Europe, Daniel Lord Smail
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The values of things -- Credit and coin -- The pursuit of debt -- The plunder -- Violence and resistance
Control code
FIEb17833504
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 326 pages
Isbn
9780674737280
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)926061458
Label
Legal plunder : households and debt collection in late Medieval Europe, Daniel Lord Smail
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The values of things -- Credit and coin -- The pursuit of debt -- The plunder -- Violence and resistance
Control code
FIEb17833504
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 326 pages
Isbn
9780674737280
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)926061458

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