The availability of credit in the English countryside, 1400-1480

Briggs, Chris (2008) The availability of credit in the English countryside, 1400-1480 The Agricultural History Review, 56, (1), pp. 1-24.


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Credit was central to the peasant economy, but its supply varied over time. Using information from the records of three Cambridgeshire manorial courts and a church court, this article charts changes in the number of rural credit transactions initiated in the fifteenth century, and seeks explanations for them.
It argues that new credit transactions declined in number in the period studied, though caution is required concerning the real extent of the decline. Legal and institutional changes arising from the decline of the manor courts and the rise of the church courts' debt jurisdiction were key.
It is argued that these changes were as important as monetary difficulties in shaping the willingness of rural lenders to give credit.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0002-1490 (print)
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Keywords: credit money, cambridgeshire england, law manor court
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
ePrint ID: 79776
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May 2008Published
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 20:13
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