EHS 2018 special: Wine prices in Anglo-Gascon trade, c.1337-c.1460

Great article!

The Long Run

Robert Blackmore (University of Southampton)

29-autunno,Taccuino_Sanitatis,_Casanatense_4182. Tacuina sanitatis (XIV century)
9-autunno,Taccuino Sanitatis, Casanatense 4182. Available at <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:29-autunno,Taccuino_Sanitatis,_Casanatense_4182..jpg>

Episodes of major market volatility are rarely out of the headlines today. Their ramifications, though considerable, are discussed as if these were somehow new, and that they are the result of how economies are structured in our globalised world. Yet prices in international markets in the late middle ages could be just as volatile and have just as far-reaching consequences.

The wine trade between Gascony and England is one key example. Gascony, in modern southwestern France, was part of the medieval duchy of Aquitaine: a territory ruled by the English crown almost without interruption from 1154 to 1453.

Geography and geology permitted the production of just one commodity, wine, and as a result the region was dependent, like so many modern states specialised in fossil fuels or mining, on export earnings to pay for…

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Trendles Away-Day – Crickley Hill and Chedworth Roman villa

The Trendles Project

Spent a wonderful sunny July day exploring the multi period site at Crickley Hill and then on to Chedworth Roman villa – Many thanks to the staff at the Country Park for opening the Visitor Centre for us and to our very knowledgable guide Alan, at Chedworth Villa.  A big thank you also to Cothill Educational Trust for once again loaning us their minibus and to our driver for the day, Simon.  We’ll be posting a full report shortly.

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