178 The 15th C Economy I

Wool Merchant houseA rest from politics. The population of England remained stagnant or falling throughout 15th century. But that didn’t meant there was no opportunity for towns or for commerce. You just had to look for it a bit harder.

178 The 15th Centuryt Economy I


8 thoughts on “178 The 15th C Economy I

  1. I am truly ambivalent about reaching this episode.
    For the past several months, I’ve enjoyed listening to David’s excellent podcasts on demand, as it were. There were 176 of them, after all, and it would take me quite a while to go through them all. But go through them all I have. And while doing so has given me immense enjoyment, it also means that I must **gasp!** listen in REAL TIME now.
    Now, when I hear David talk about taking his normal week off or taking multiple weeks off for a holiday, it will actually mean something. It won’t just be a by-the-way detail I largely ignore as I make my way through another episode.
    Oh well. All good things come to an end eventually. Thankfully, History of England hasn’t yet, so I can still enjoy it — delayed though that enjoyment may be from time to time.

  2. Yes, Mr. Crowther, I’m positive you have discussed sheep, wool, and cloth-making before in the podcast. Not sure which episode though. It may have been way back in 2013, I don’t know. It was probably time revisit it. 🙂
    I enjoy having the “color” of what life was like and such. Trade and industry are important for understanding a lot of the conflicts, too.

  3. Being in the same boat as Paul above, I must say that a year long hiatus doesn’t appeal. I think a much better solution would be for Crowther to produce another 167 episodes in.. oh, say… two to three weeks… I think I could wait three weeks, but more than that… nah.

  4. Bravo. This episode is a triumph. It is always hard for me to get excited about non-political history podcast episodes, but you have a UNIQUE ability to bring economic and social topics to life. I confess it is a bit harder for me to read non-military history; may I suggest writing a book? I will be the first to part with my dear shekels in return for such a tome. This vacancy in the bibliography of our times: can it be allowed to remain unfilled? It CANNOT!

    1. Thanks. There is quite a good bibliography of social history these days, and I agree its so important to know what life was like for ordinary folk, not just the politics of the great and the good. I get to do much more of it when we get to early modern times, and the records are better

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