IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1014: Markets and Authority: Reviewing Traditional Paradigms

Wednesday 16 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Robert Braid, Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7
Moderator/Chair:James Davis, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge
Paper 1014-bLabour Policy in 13th-Century Paris
(Language: English)
Caroline Bourlet, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (IRHT), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1014-cEvading Authority: Side-Effects of Labour Policy on Employment Practices in 14th-Century France
(Language: English)
Robert Braid, Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7
Index terms: Economics - General, Politics and Diplomacy

This session analyses the government of markets, in particular that of labor markets, in late-medieval England and France. The first paper examines urban records from England to review the common assumption that guilds constituted monopolies. The second reviews thirteenth-century manuscripts from Parisian authorities to establish a chronology of legislation to refute the idea that economic policy was static. The third paper looks at the effects of royal policy on labor markets in fourteenth-century France to point out the flexibility of employment practices. Overall, the session highlights the problems with traditional paradigms of medieval economic policy.