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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 738: Boom or Bust, II?: Money Supply and Reform in Late Medieval Europe - Papers in Honour of Richard Britnell and John Munro, III

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Peter Larson, Department of History, University of Central Florida
Moderator/Chair:Peter Larson, Department of History, University of Central Florida
Paper 738-aFamine or Plenty?: Money in Medieval England after the Black Death
(Language: English)
Martin Allen, Department of Coins & Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Economics - General, Numismatics
Paper 738-bQuantity Theory Again: 'Impedit omne forum carentia denariorum', 1464
(Language: English)
Nick Mayhew, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Index terms: Economics - General, Numismatics
Paper 738-cMoney and Church Reform: Metaphors of Salvation
(Language: English)
Giles E. M. Gasper, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Economics - General, Philosophy, Theology

The demands of late medieval war and trade put increasing pressure on the quality and quantity of currency in circulation. Fluctuations in the metal content of coins, credit, and exchange rates, and hoarding of plate or bullion reverberated both in local marketplaces and international exchanges; and the availability of money and its quality had political ramifications, nationally, and internationally. These papers explore attempts at expanding the money supply and reforming the value of currency after the Black Death to provide small change for consumers and to adjust currency exchange rates, and subsequent effects on political and economic stability.