Antimercantilism in Late Medieval English Literature (The by Roger A. Ladd

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Antimercantilism in overdue Medieval English Literature records the trajectory of antimercantile ideology lower than the pressures of the main advancements made in fiscal thought and perform within the later heart a while. Roger A. Ladd skillfully explores the connection among ideology and subjectivity surrounding a unmarried class/estate team and its attribute sins within the context of literary texts prompted by means of estates satire

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17 The implications of Langland’s satire thus expand further when we consider how Coveitise’s practices overlap with basic mercantile finance. Labeling mercantile exchange and “Lumbardes lettres” of credit as usury helps to cement the link in Langland’s economics between usury and trade in general, because these practices were necessary to international trade, and were not unique to merchants. 1057/9780230111981 - Antimercantilism in Late Medieval English Literature, Roger A. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-13 26 27 abandonment of trade altogether.

1057/9780230111981 - Antimercantilism in Late Medieval English Literature, Roger A. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-13 PI ERS PLOW M AN B A N T I M E RC A N T I L I S M I N L I T E R AT U R E of the term “maintenance” that Langland plays upon here. V. 251), while that line also suggests a violation of estate boundaries. Langland thus establishes the sin as a divisive force in the community. Coveitise’s customers also share his sin, for the most part.

1057/9780230111981 - Antimercantilism in Late Medieval English Literature, Roger A. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-13 18 19 exchange fits the needs of antimercantile discourse, which described the worst possible mercantile activity and attributed it to the entire estate. While this practice fits the rhetorical needs of estates satire, the distance between practices observed by satirists and those determined by the ideology surrounding the individual estates has not always been clear in the case of merchants.

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