Most imported and manufactured goods were bought by the priory on the open market, rather than via the tenurial networks discussed in Chapter 4. Moreover, market transactions were used when necessary to top up local supplies. The first section of this chapter provides a detailed analysis of the priory's grain purchases on the open market, emphasizing the importance to the medieval market of regional variations in price, supply, and demand. It then examines other key features of the priory's market purchasing strategies, including the role of purchasing agents, methods of payment, credit, the markets from which goods were bought, and transport methods and costs. It is found that suppliers from the local region were preferred whenever they were able to supply the particular goods required.
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