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Book: Medieval Towns

Chapter: Trade and commerce

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24829


This chapter looks at the strong connection between towns and trade, noting that doing so requires looking at towns in their larger context. Topics covered include:

- the concept of the 'urban field'

- traders and trading communities

- coins, tokens and jettons

- markets and fairs; trading buildings; craft halls and shops

- long-distance trade as demonstrated by pottery

- the town's supply of local pottery

- a port and its trade: Kingston-upon-Hull

Chapter Contributors

  • John Schofield ( - book-auth-43) 'Museum of London (retired)'
  • Alan Vince † ( - book-auth-157)