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Debt, distraint, display, and dead men’s treasure: material culture in late medieval Aberdeen

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This paper uses the burgh court records of Aberdeen to explore the material culture of medieval Scottish townspeople. Four main areas are explored: the use of pawning and pledges to facilitate commercial transactions and maintain solvency; the practice of distraint as a means of coercion and debt recovery; the passage of burgesses’ moveable goods to their heirs; and the significance of clothing in public display. Precious metal objects featured prominently among the goods deployed to enable t...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1080/03044181.2020.1746924

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
ContEd
Department:
History Faculty
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-2118-3286
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Journal of Medieval History More from this journal
Volume:
46
Issue:
3
Pages:
350-372
Publication date:
2020-03-29
Acceptance date:
2020-01-11
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EISSN:
1873-1279
ISSN:
0304-4181
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1094589
Local pid:
pubs:1094589
Deposit date:
2020-03-17

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