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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 538: Boom or Bust?: Credit, Reputation, and Innovation in Late Medieval Towns - Papers in Honour of Richard Britnell and John Munro, I

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Peter Larson, Department of History, University of Central Florida
Moderator/Chair:Chris D. Briggs, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Paper 538-aReputation Management in English Medieval Towns: Promoting Prosperity and Reducing Recession in London, Norwich, Leicester, and York, 1250-1500
(Language: English)
Catherine Casson, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
Index terms: Administration, Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 538-bSales Credit in 15th-Century Small Towns
(Language: English)
James Davis, School of History & Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 538-cThe Leading Clothiers of the Later Middle Ages: Entrepreneurial and Innovative or Exceptional and Irrelevant?
(Language: English)
John Lee, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban

Reputation and risk were key elements in the late medieval economy. Increased trade and production offered a wealth of opportunities but warfare, recession, and currency shortages posed important obstacles. This panel explores uses a range of towns as well as individuals to explore active strategies employed to take advantage of good times and to adapt to adverse conditions in England. Corporations and individuals sought to attain and expand their credit while building or re-building economic and political networks; to buff reputations and promote them in competition with others; and to gain or maintain access to crucial resources.