Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Book of Privileges of the Merchant Adventurers of England 1296-1483

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Book of Privileges of the Merchant Adventurers of England 1296-1483

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The Book of Privileges of the Merchant Adventurers of England 1296-1483, ed. Anne F. Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs, Records of Social and Economic History New Series 42 (Oxford: Oxford University Press for The British Academy, 2009). xviii + 43 6 pp.; 2 illustrations + 4 plates. ISBN 978-0-19-726440-9. £65.00. This volume offers a full edition of the trading privileges granted by the princes of the Low Countries to the Merchant Adventurers' Company of England from 1296 onwards. These are contained in a single manuscript, owned by the Mercers' Company of London and dating to 1484; this was written for an embassy ordered by Richard III to resolve a mercantile conflict and to continue trade with the context of civil war in the Low Countries. The edition presents the original French, Latin, and Dutch, along with the fifteenth-century translation of the privileges (also contained in the Book, and probably already extant in the Adventurers' archives). …

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