Martin Allen. Published by Cambridge University Press, 2012. HB (black cloth with gilt-lettered spine). xvii + 576 pages. B&w Illustrations in the text. 180 x 246mm. ISBN 9781107014947 Dj slightly marked, otherwise internally almost as new.
Money could be as essential to everyday life in medieval England as it is today, but who made the coinage, how was it used and why is it important? This definitive study charts the development of coin production from the small workshops of Anglo-Saxon and Norman England to the centralised factory mints of the late Middle Ages, the largest being in the Tower of London. Martin Allen investigates the working lives of the people employed in the mints in unprecedented detail and places the mints in the context of medieval England's commerce and government, showing the king's vital interest in the production of coinage, the maintenance of its quality and his mint revenue. This unique source of reference also offers the first full history of the official exchanges in the City of London regulating foreign exchange and an in-depth analysis of the changing size and composition of medieval England's coinage.
A unique source of reference, including full data for the output and profit of English mints and authoritative lists of English mints and coin hoards.
Fully integrates the history of mints into the wider economic, social and political history of England, presenting a fuller analytical history of the period than ever before.
Includes detailed analysis of all aspects of mint technology, including sources of bullion and the composition and size of the currency and actual size illustrations of coins.