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Legal Plunder: Households and Debt Collection in Late Medieval Europe
by Daniel Lord Smail
Harvard University Press, 2016
Cloth: 978-0-674-73728-0 | eISBN: 978-0-674-97010-6
Library of Congress Classification HG3701.S5896 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 332.1753

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
As a Europe grew rich in the Middle Ages, the well-made clothes, linens, and wares of households often substituted for hard currency. Pawnbrokers kept goods in circulation, and sergeants of the law marched into debtors’ homes to seize belongings equal in value to debts owed. David Smail describes a material world on the cusp of modern capitalism.

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