Book reviews 21/07/2016

donne2Jennifer Ward

Women in Medieval Europe 1200-1500

Routledge, 2016

Women in Medieval Europe explores the key areas of female experience in the later medieval period, from peasant women to Queens. It considers the women of the later Middle Ages in the context of their social relationships during a time of changing opportunities and activities, so that by 1500 the world of work was becoming increasingly restricted to women. The chapters are arranged thematically to show the varied roles and lives of women in and out of the home, covering topics such as marriage, religion, family and work.

For the second edition a new chapter draws together recent work on Jewish and Muslim women, as well as those from other ethnic groups, showing the wide ranging experiences of women from different backgrounds. Particular attention is paid to women at work in the towns, and specifically urban topics such as trade, crafts, healthcare and prostitution. The latest research on women, gender and masculinity has also been incorporated, along with updated further reading recommendations.

This fully revised new edition is a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the topic, perfect for all those studying women in Europe in the later Middle Ages.

 

Ruiz MartinFelipe Ruiz Martín

La banca en España hasta 1782

Urgoditi Editores, 2016

ISBN: 9788494099168

La historia primitiva de la banca, desde los cambistas medievales hasta las reformas del XVIII, de la mano lúcida de uno de nuestros maestros.

Felipe Ruiz Martín (1915-2004) es considerado uno de los padres de la historia económica en España. En 1970 sintetizó sabiamente en estas páginas sus conocimientos sobre la prehistoria bancaria de nuestro país: desde las ferias medievales castellanas, hasta las reformas modernizadoras de los borbones ya en el siglo XVIII, pasando por la verdadera implosión que supuso el descubrimiento de América y la irrupción de verdaderos profesionales de la banca. Todo ello explicado con la pluma fácil del autor, sin perder de vista el contexto nacional, mediterráneo y europeo, y con un pie en la realidad cotidiana de los comerciantes y clientes y sus problemas con el menudeo diario de ese objeto tan deseado como fluctuante: la moneda.

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