Rural History 2015

Panel 52

Organizers: To Figueras, Lluís

Affiliation: Universitat de Girona, Spain

Title: Credit and Consumption in the Late Medieval countryside

In recent years, several European research groups have confirmed the complexity of late medieval society and economy, and the central role that the credit market had since the introduction of feudalism. The expansion of the tenth to thirteenth centuries was based on a division of labor where farmers engaged in agricultural production and artisans and merchants, located in urban centers, many of them created ex novo, producing and distributing manufactured goods which were traded at fairs and markets. In this process, credit played a key role not only to cushion the economic difficulties in times of crisis but also to buy, sell and invest. This panel aims to analyze one of the elements, namely consumption, that encouraged peasants to use credit, in the context of the Later Middle Ages (13th-15th centuries) in Western Europe. Credit connected with consumption can be approached through four related topics: 1.- Credit as a structural feature of rural medieval economy and how available sources allow us to assess the weight of credit in rural economy. 2.- Products, places and specific contexts showing an interaction between credit and consumption. 3.- The social scope of credit : available to virtually everyone or restricted to a small minority capable of offering a pledge, securities or a powerful social network. 4.- the evolution of credit and consumption in conjunction with global economic trends, from the growing and expansion context of 12th and 13th centuries to a period of stagnation in the 14th and 15th centuries. Although the importance of credit in consumption patterns can be generally acknowledged all across Medieval Europe, it is worthwhile noting regional differences and local peculiarities in order to achieve a more accurate picture of the role played by credit in the medieval economy.


Papers (part I)

Chair: Lluís To Figueras, Universitat de Girona, Spain

Paper 1: Grain market and short-term credit in the Kingdom of Valencia in the late Middle Ages [+]

Pau Viciano Navarro, University of Valencia, Spain

Paper 2: Peasant credit and grain consumption in times of bad harvest: Sant Feliu de Guíxols and its rural hinterland, 1350-1460

Pere Orti Gost and Xavier Marcó Masferrer, Universitat de Girona, Spain

Paper 3: Bad priests. The usury practices of rural parish priests (bishopric of Girona, 1300-1330)

Elvis Mallorquí, Universitat de Girona, Spain

Paper 4: Peasants, rural communities and credit markets in the making of a tax and finance system in Late Medieval Catalonia

Albert Reixach, Institució Milà i Fontanals, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain


Papers (part II)

Chair: Pere Orti Gost, Universitat de Girona, Spain

Paper 5: Credit and consumption in Rural Aragon in the 15th century [+]

Carlos Laliena Corbera, University of Zaragoza, Spain

Paper 6: Cereal sales and cloth consumption in an integrated market: the peasantry of Caldes de Malavella (1328-1370)

Lluís Sales i Favà, Universitat de Girona, Spain

Paper 7: Drapers and tailors: selling to peasants in the Late Middle Ages (Catalonia, 13th-14th centuries)

Lluís To Figueras, Universitat de Girona, Spain

Paper 8: Getting into debt for consumption? Rural customers in a draper’s shop in Montauban (1465-1474)

Judicaël Petrowiste, Universisty Paris Diderot, France

Paper 9: Castilian rural credit and consumption at the end of the Middle Ages

Hilario Casado Alonso and David Carvajal de la Vega, University of Valladolid, Spain


Suggested deadline for sending completed papers 31 july 2015

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