Monks and Markets: Durham Cathedral Priory 1460-1520

Hardcover | February 3, 2005

byMiranda Threlfall-Holmes

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The institutions of the middle ages are generally seen as tradition-bound; Monks and Markets challenges this assumption. Durham's outstanding archive has allowed the uncovering of an unprecedented level of detail about the purchasing strategies of one of England's foremost monasteries, and itis revealed that the monks were indeed reflective, responsive, and innovative when required. If this is true of a large Benedictine monastery, it is likely to be true also for the vast majority of other households and institutions in Medieval England for which comparable evidence does not exist.Furthermore, this study gives a unique insight into the nature of medieval consumer behaviour, which throughout history, and particularly from before the early modern period, remains a relatively neglected subject. Chapters are devoted to the diet of monks, the factors influencing their purchasingdecisions, their use of the market and their exploitaiton of tenurial relationships, and their suppliers.

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The institutions of the middle ages are generally seen as tradition-bound; Monks and Markets challenges this assumption. Durham's outstanding archive has allowed the uncovering of an unprecedented level of detail about the purchasing strategies of one of England's foremost monasteries, and itis revealed that the monks were indeed refle...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:February 3, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199253811

ISBN - 13:9780199253814

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Context2. The Monastic Diet3. Price, Preference and Purpose: Factors Influencing the Priory's Purchasing Decisions4. Tenurial Purchasing5. Market Purchasing6. The Suppliers of the Priory7. ConclusionAppendix I The Surviving Obedientiary Accounts, 1460-1520BibliographyIndex