Spain in the Fifteenth Century 1369–1516: Essays and by Roger Highfield

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J. , 1936). J. Heers, "Le commerce des Basques en Mediterranee au XVe siecle," BH, LVII (1955). 292-324. --,Genes au XVe siecle (Paris, 1961). J. Klein, "Medieval Spanish Guilds," in Facts and Factors in Economic History: Essays in Honor of E. F. , 1932). , 1920). R. S. Lopez in Cambridge Economic History, n (Cambridge, 1952), 347-48; m (Cambridge, 1963), passim. THE ECONOMIES OF CATALONIA AND CASTILE 57 Ruth Pike, Enterprise and Adventure: The Genoese in Seville and the Opening of the New World {Ithaca, New York, 1966).

This means a monthly interest of 50 and 3 3! per cent respectively, a truly fabulous amount. Alfonso X limited this interest to nl per cent annually (1268), a tremendous reduction which was often flouted. Private documents prove this. The kings, urged on by the nobles, the clergy, and the municipal councils, repeated Alfonso's decrees. In vain. Money continued to be very costly in an ambitious society little given to work. Hence the violence of the upheavals of 1391, when Jews, accused of the high cost of living and the ruin of many important people, were persecuted everywhere in Castile.

R. S. ] Cf. J. Vicens Vives, Economic History of Spain, trans. F. ] Cf. C. ] FURTHER READING J. Brousolle, "Les impositions municipales de Barcelone de 1328-1462," EHM, v (1955). 1-164. C. Carrere, "Le droit d' ancrage et le mouvement du port de Barcelone au milieu du XVe siecle," EHM, m (1953). E. J. , 1936). J. Heers, "Le commerce des Basques en Mediterranee au XVe siecle," BH, LVII (1955). 292-324. --,Genes au XVe siecle (Paris, 1961). J. Klein, "Medieval Spanish Guilds," in Facts and Factors in Economic History: Essays in Honor of E.

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