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Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance

Land and Credit

Mortgages in the Medieval and Early Modern European Countryside

Editors: Briggs, Chris, Zuijderduijn, Jaco (Eds.)

  • Provides a comparative overview of mortgages in pre-modern Europe (c.1200-c.1800)
  • Focuses on the similarities and differences in mortgage systems during this period 
  • Features new original research presented in a number of case studies  
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About this book

This volume investigates the use of mortgages in the European countryside between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries. A mortgage allowed a loan to be secured with land or other property, and the practice has been linked to the transformation of the agrarian economy that paved the way for modern economic growth.

Historians have viewed the mortgage both positively and negatively: on the one hand, it provided borrowers with opportunities for investment in agriculture; but equally, it exposed them to the risk of losing their mortgaged property. The case studies presented in this volume reveal the variety of forms that the mortgage took, and show how an intricate balance was struck between the interests of the borrower looking for funds, and those of the lender looking for security. It is argued that the character of mortgage law, and the nature of rights in land in operation in any given the place and period, determined the degree to which mortgages were employed. Over time, developments in these factors allowed increasing numbers of peasants to use mortgages more freely, and with a decreasing risk of expropriation. This volume will be appealing to academics and researchers interested in financial history, rural credit and debt, and the economic history of agrarian communities.  



About the authors

Chris Briggs, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval British Social and Economic History at the University of Cambridge, UK, and affiliated to Selwyn College, Cambridge. Dr Briggs is the author of a number of studies of credit and debt in the medieval economy, including Credit and village society in fourteenth century England (2009).

Jaco Zuijderduijn, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economic History at Lund University, Sweden. He publishes widely on the financial history of the later Middle Ages, with a particular focus on how individuals made use of financial markets. He is the author of Medieval capital markets. Markets for ‘renten’, state formation and private investment in Holland (1300-1550) (2009). 

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Mortgages and Annuities in Historical Perspective

    Briggs, Chris (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Mortgages and the English Peasantry c.1250–c.1350

    Briggs, Chris

    Pages 17-45

  • Mortgages Raised by Rural English Copyhold Tenants 1605–1735

    Gayton, Juliet

    Pages 47-80

  • Mortgages and the Kentish Yeoman in the Seventeenth Century

    Wedd, Imogen

    Pages 81-115

  • Why the Equity of Redemption?

    Waddilove, D. P.

    Pages 117-148

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-66209-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-66208-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Land and Credit
Book Subtitle
Mortgages in the Medieval and Early Modern European Countryside
Editors
  • Chris Briggs
  • Jaco Zuijderduijn
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66209-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66209-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66208-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 339
Number of Illustrations and Tables
23 b/w illustrations
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