Medieval Money, Merchants, and Morality (Hardcover)

Medieval Money, Merchants, and Morality By Diane Wolfthal, Steven a. Epstein (Contribution by), David Yoon (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Diane Wolfthal, Steven a. Epstein (Contribution by), David Yoon (Contribution by)
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A timely look at the economic revolution that took place in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance.

The rise of the monetary economy transformed every aspect of medieval Europe, including its values and culture. Medieval Money explores the ways art reflected and reinforced the complex ethical discussions that developed from the widespread role of money in everyday life in the Middle Ages. It traces the origins of global money, and surveys economic history, focusing on the environment, the plague, Jews, and institutions, using a wealth of imagery including illuminated manuscripts, coins, artworks, money chests, and account books.

The iconography, minting, and foreign exchange of coins are examined, and the choice that Christians faced is investigated: should they save their money or their soul? The authors explore images of Avarice, the greedy punished in hell, and immoral ways to earn and spend money, and analyze representations of charity and voluntary poverty. Final chapters examine the material culture of the monetary economy (from an illuminated oath for minters to purses and lockboxes) and images of medieval money management.

About the Author

Diane Wolfthal specializes in late medieval and early modern European art. Founding Co-editor of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, she is David and Caroline Minter Chair Emerita in the Humanities and professor emerita of Art History, Rice University. She is the co-author, with Elisabeth Hollander, of a volume on the fourteenth-century Maḥzor in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.Deirdre Jackson is assistant curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, the Morgan LibrarySteven A. Epstein is professor emeritus, department of history at the University of Kansas. He was educated at Swarthmore College, St. John's College (Cambridge University), and Harvard College, where he developed his interests in medieval social and economic history.David Yoon is Mark Salton Associate Curator of Medieval, Renaissance and Early European Numismatics, American Numismatic Society

Product Details
ISBN: 9781913875374
ISBN-10: 1913875377
Publisher: Giles
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2023
Pages: 232
Language: English