IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 131: Rules and Nourishment: Food Market Regulations in the Crown of Aragon during the Late Middle Ages

Monday 9 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Grup de Recerca Consolidat en Estudis Medievals 'Espai, poder i cultura', Universitat de Lleida / Observatori de l'Alimentació, Universitat de Barcelona
Organisers:Pere Benito i Monclús, Grup de Recerca Consolidat en Estudis Medievals 'Espai, poder i cultura', Universitat de Lleida
Antoni Riera i Melis, Departament d'Història Medieval, Paleografia i Diplomàtica, Universitat de Barcelona
Moderator/Chair:Antoni Riera i Melis, Departament d'Història Medieval, Paleografia i Diplomàtica, Universitat de Barcelona
Paper 131-aPerfect Market and Real Market: Rules and Work of Butchers and Other Food Crafts in Barcelona during the 15th century
(Language: English)
Ramón Agustín Banegas López, Observatori de l'Alimentació, Universitat de Barcelona
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban
Paper 131-b'Quod victualia que aportantur in Barchinona non pignorentur pro debito alieno': Rules and Rights of Food Commerce in the Crown of Aragon
(Language: English)
Pol Serrahima Bàlius, Departament d'Història, Universitat de Lleida
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Food markets were stricly supervised by the authorities in medieval times. The constant menace of starvation, the fear of price rises or the need for quality controls, among many other factors, compelled urban and rural societies to put into effect comprehensive regulations that ensured the convenient functioning of the foodstuffs market. In this session we will analyse how different institutions in the Crown of Aragon dealt with the inherent problems of food markets with rules that affected everyone, from the international cereal or spice traders to the urban and rural meat retailers.