IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 635: 14th-Century England, II: Property Markets in Medieval England - Enterprise and Urban Development

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Society for 14th-Century Studies
Organiser:Gwilym Dodd, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Richard Holt, Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Paper 635-aCommercialisation and Property Speculation in Medieval Cambridge
(Language: English)
John Lee, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Administration, Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban, Law
Paper 635-bEnterprise and Urban Development in Medieval Hull
(Language: English)
Catherine Casson, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
Index terms: Administration, Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban, Law
Paper 635-cProperty Investors in Late Medieval London
(Language: English)
Helen K. S. Killick, International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Centre, University of Reading
Index terms: Administration, Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban, Law
Abstract

Property investment is of great contemporary concern, yet relatively little attention has been paid to the historic origins of the property market or its place in the commercialisation of the English economy. Three locations are compared across c. 1270-c. 1450 – the northern port of Hull, the university town of Cambridge and the trade hubs of the Home Counties and East Anglia. Statistical techniques reveal similarities between the medieval and modern property markets. Biographies of investors demonstrate that commercialisation embraced both property and commodity markets. Investment strategies of enterprising individuals and institutions are revealed, including monarchs, monks, and urban professionals.