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Medieval merchants and money: a conference in celebration of the work of Professor James L. Bolton

November 7, 2013 - November 8, 2013
Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research

Woburn Suite (Ground Floor)
Senate House, Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom

Keynote speakers:

Caroline Barron
Royal Holloway University of London
Phillipp Schofield
Aberystwyth University

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For more than forty years Jim Bolton has been based at Queen Mary, University of London, where he is currently Professorial Research Fellow, directing the Boromei Bank Research Project. His published work includes important and influential contributions to the economic and social history of the middle ages, and in particular to our understanding of the money supply and the operation of credit, international banking, the impact of the Black Death, the impact of Italians and other alien groups in London, and relations between the city of London and the Crown. He was for many years one of the convenors of the IHR’s Late Medieval Seminar. The conference will present current research by more than twenty scholars working on a range of themes connected with Jim’s work, including keynote lectures by Professor Caroline Barron (RHUL) and Professor Phillipp Schofield (Aberystwyth).

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Thursday 7 November

 9.30  Registration

 9.50  Welcome - Matthew Davies, Director, CMH

10.00  Plenary Lecture: Caroline Barron (RHUL), London merchants
               and reading

11.00  Coffee

11.30  Session 1: Aliens in late medieval England
          Jessica Lutkin (York), Settled or fleeting? London's medieval
community revisited
          Jonathan Mackman (York), Was it really worth the effort?
              The administration of the alien subsidies, 1440–87
          Erik Spindler (Humboldt), Silences in other languages:
               reaching and stretching the limits of extant sources on
               late medieval England’s alien population

13.00  Lunch

14.00  Session 2: Guilds, merchants and identities in London
          Matthew Davies (CMH/IHR), Clerks and guilds in late
               medieval London
          Justin Colson (Exeter), Conflict and cooperation: preserving
               merchant identities in the Stockfishmongers' Company of
               London c.1450-1550

          Christian Steer (RHUL), London merchants and their monuments

15.30  Tea

16.00  Session 3: Merchants, trade and warfare
          Francesco Guidi Bruscoli (QMUL and Florence), London and its
               merchants in the Italian Archives, 1380–1530
          Adrian Bell and Sam Gibbs (Reading), Fighting merchants:
               what the poll tax and the medieval soldier database can
               tell us about the military service of merchants
          Vanessa Harding (Birkbeck), A safe adventure? London
               merchants and the Antwerp trade

17.45  Reception sponsored by the School of History, Queen Mary
               University of London

Friday 8 November

 9.30  Registration

 9.45  Session 4: Credit, markets and rural society
         Chris Briggs (Cambridge), Rural credit in late medieval England:
               puzzles and problems
          James Davis (QUB), The use of cash and credit in local market
          John Oldland (Quebec), The economic impact of clothmaking on
               rural society, 1200 to 1550

11.15  Coffee

11.45  Session 5: Money and mints
          Derek Keene (IHR), London moneyers in the thirteenth century
          Martin Allen (Cambridge), Medieval merchants and the English
          Hannes Kleineke (History of Parliament), Clipping the clippers’
               wings: the prosecution of counterfeiters in fifteenth-century

13.15  Lunch

14.15  Session 6: Merchants, cities and the Crown
          Peter Fleming (UWE), The Crown and capitals in the Wars of the
               Roses: London and Bristol, 1460–1471
          Anne Sutton, Richard III and his merchants: damage limitation
               and protection
          Samantha Harper (CMH/IHR), 'The Gentylmen and men of
               honour [knew] not whych party to lend unto': divisions and
               factions in the mercantile community in the summer of 1485

15.45  Tea

16.15  Session 7: Merchants and the Law
          Paul Brand (Oxford), Merchants and their use of the action of
               account in thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century England
          Tony Moore (Reading), 'According to the law of merchants and
               the custom of the city of London': Burton vs Davy (1437) and
               the negotiability of credit instruments in medieval England

17.15  Break

17.30  Plenary Lecture: Phillipp Schofield (Aberystwyth),
credit in the medieval English countryside
(joint session with the  IHR’s Late Medieval Seminar)

18.30  Close

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