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Monks and Markets: Durham Cathedral Priory 1460-1520

Miranda Threlfall-Holmes

Abstract

The institutions of the Middle Ages are generally seen as tradition bound: Monks and Markets challenges that assumption. Durham's outstanding archive has allowed the uncovering of an unprecedented level of detail about the purchasing strategies of one of England's foremost monasteries, and it is revealed that the monks were reflective, responsive, and innovative when required. If this is true of a large Benedictine monastery, it is likely to be true also for other medieval household economies for which comparable evidence does not exist. This study gives a unique insight into the nature of med ... More

Keywords: consumer behaviour, monastic economy, regional economy, medieval households, purchasing, tenurial relationships, Durham, north-east England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253814
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253814.001.0001

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Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, author
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