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Medieval property investors, ca. 1300-1500

Bell, A. R., Brooks, C. and Killick, H. (2019) Medieval property investors, ca. 1300-1500. Enterprise and Society, 20 (3). pp. 575-612. ISSN 1467-2235

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1017/eso.2018.92


This paper utilises a dataset of freehold land and property transactions from medieval England to highlight the growing commercialisation of the economy. By drawing on the legal records we are able to demonstrate that the medieval real estate market provided the opportunity for investors to profit. Careful analysis of the data provides evidence of group purchases, multiple transactions and investors buying outside of their own locality. The identification of these ‘investors’ and their buying behaviours, set within the context of the English medieval economy, contributes to the early commercialisation debate.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > ICMA Centre
ID Code:78768
Publisher:Cambridge University Press


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