Medieval Property Investors, C. 1300-1500

37 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2018

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Adrian R. Bell

University of Reading - ICMA Centre

Chris Brooks

University of Reading - ICMA Centre

Helen Killick

University of Reading

Date Written: March 5, 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Bell, Adrian R. and Brooks, Chris and Killick, Helen, Medieval Property Investors, C. 1300-1500 (March 5, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3134367 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3134367

Adrian R. Bell

University of Reading - ICMA Centre ( email )

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United Kingdom

Chris Brooks (Contact Author)

University of Reading - ICMA Centre ( email )

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Reading RG6 6BA
United Kingdom
+44 118 931 82 39 (Phone)
+44 118 931 47 41 (Fax)

Helen Killick

University of Reading ( email )

Whiteknights
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

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