Economic Ethics in Late Medieval England, 1300–1500

  • Jennifer Hole

Part of the Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics book series (AIEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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    Pages 1-17
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    Pages 19-52
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    Pages 177-204
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    Pages 243-251
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-300

About this book


Drawing on an array of archival evidence from court records to the poems of Chaucer, this work explores how medieval thinkers understood economic activity, how their ideas were transmitted and the extent to which they were accepted. Moving beyond the impersonal operations of an economy to its ethical dimension, Hole’s socio-cultural study considers not only the ideas and beliefs of theologians and philosophers, but how these influenced assumptions and preoccupations about material concerns in late medieval English society. Beginning with late medieval English writings on economic ethics and its origins, the author illuminates a society which, although strictly hierarchical and unequal, nevertheless fostered expectations that all its members should avoid greed and excess consumption. Throughout, Hole aims to show that economic ethics had a broader application than trade and usury in late medieval England.


Medieval England Archival insights Economic transactions Economic phenomena and relationships History of Economic Thought Economic History

Authors and affiliations

  • Jennifer Hole
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Western AustraliaWillettonAustralia

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