Medieval Merchant Venturers: Collected Studies

Medieval Merchant Venturers: Collected Studies

Medieval Merchant Venturers: Collected Studies

Medieval Merchant Venturers: Collected Studies

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The essays here collected are reproduced virtually in their original form; a few misprints and errors of detail have been corrected and a few statements slightly modified, but beyond this no attempt has been made to incorporate the results of later research or to amend what is amiss. Many records consulted in manuscript are now available in print, as for instance the Southampton Brokage Book of 1439-40, the Great Red Book of Bristol, and the first volume of the Mercers' Acts of Court, while a number of customs accounts and miscellaneous documents illustrating Bristol's trade have been brought together in The Overseas Trade of Bristol in the Later Middle Ages. References to such records have, however, been left unchanged, since they can easily be followed up, if desired, in the published volumes.

It is a pleasant duty to acknowledge the kindness of the many owners and custodians of manuscripts who have allowed me to consult records in their keeping and have made my researches both easy and agreeable. Thanks are due in particular to the Town Clerks and Archivists of Bristol, Gloucester, Southampton, Exeter, Hull, Beverley, Lynn, Yarmouth, Norwich, Ipswich, Leicester and elsewhere; to the Rector of Christ Church with St. Ewen's and to the Vicar of St. Nicholas at Bristol; to Miss Fox of Yate House; to the officers of the Mercers' Company, the Skinners' Company, and the Ironmongers' Company; to Mr. A. H. Thomas, late Deputy-Keeper of the Records of the City of London; and to Mr. V. B. Redstone who generously allowed me to consult his transcripts of various . . .

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