Medieval Property Investors, C. 1300-1500
37 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2018
Date Written: March 5, 2018
This paper utilises a dataset of freehold land and property transactions from medieval England to highlight the growing commercialisation of the economy. By drawing on the legal records we are able to demonstrate that the medieval real estate market provided the opportunity for investors to profit. The careful analysis of the data provides evidence of group purchases, multiple transactions and investors buying outside of their own locality. The identification of these ‘investors’ and their buying behaviours, set within the context of the English medieval economy, contributes to the early commercialisation debate.
Keywords: English property market, investors, medieval economy
JEL Classification: N13, N23, N33, N53, N93
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