Economics ethics in late Medieval England, 1300-1500

Jennifer Marjorie Hole

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Abstract

[Truncated] This study is an investigation of economic ethics, their impacts and the perception of them, in late medieval England. As part of this investigation, there are four main aspects to consider: the particular concepts which could be defined as economic ethics, and by whom; the social groups for which these concepts were intended; how this body of knowledge was transmitted to society at large; and the extent to which it informed responses to economic injustice. To date, the study of economic ethics in late medieval England has been focused on deceitful trade, unfair pricing, and usury, especially in relation to the regulation of merchants and traders. Here, the aim is to show that economic relations outside the marketplace and urban and international trade were also subject to criticism from the ethical point of view. For this reason, this study gives more attention to economic relationships between landowners and tenants, and the king and his subjects, and less to ethical behaviour in the marketplace and its regulation.
This study aims to show that economic ethics were applied to society as a whole, and that the ideals of social harmony and the properly ordered society provided connections between many of the concepts of economic ethics. It explores notions of good lordship in relations between landowners and tenants as both a corrective to and an extension of the existing emphasis on the ideal of the common good, which was more important at the national level and in urban communities.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Publication statusUnpublished - 2015

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