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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1214: 'Owing Me, Knowing You': Credit Relations and Personal Networks in 14th-Century Tyrol

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Stephan Köhler, Historisches Institut, Universität Mannheim
Moderator/Chair:Thomas Ertl, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Paper 1214-aCredit Networks in 14th-Century Tyrol: Notary Registers as Sources for Medieval Capital Markets
(Language: English)
Stephan Köhler, Historisches Institut, Universität Mannheim
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Economics - General, Local History, Social History
Paper 1214-bConfarrea et impera: The Role of Chivalric Networks as a Source of Political Power in 14th-Century Tyrol
(Language: English)
Tobias Pamer, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Innsbruck
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Local History, Political Thought, Social History
Paper 1214-cConnections, Credit, and Careers: The Importance of Personal and Financial Networks for Tyrolean Officials in the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Lienhard Thaler, Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Economics - General, Social History

How did medieval people use their networks to profit economically, socially, and politically? Did different social groups rely on different types of connections? Which role did business relationships, friendship, and kinship play for people of different social backgrounds? In this session, these questions will be discussed by taking a closer look at the inhabitants of Meran and its surroundings - the smaller functional elite of the royal officials, and the few nobles in the county of Tyrol in the 14th century. Credit relations and personal bonds are analysed by using a variety of sources to make networks and their impact on political, social, and economic structures visible.