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Miranda Threlfall-Holmes

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253814

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253814.001.0001

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The Suppliers of the Priory

The Suppliers of the Priory

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(p.192) 6 The Suppliers of the Priory
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Monks and Markets
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Miranda Threlfall-Holmes (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253814.003.0006

Very little is known about the merchants trading in the north-east in this period. The Durham evidence provides an important insight into a cross section of the producers, manufacturers and traders active in the region in the late middle ages. Surprisingly, it is found that the priory sourced goods from a wide variety of merchants in each product category, and rarely had long or exclusive relationships with particular suppliers. Cloth provided a notable exception to this pattern. The wider relationships between the priory and its suppliers are discussed, with particular reference to those who appear in the Liber Vitae. Family groupings, locations, specialisms, and the gender of suppliers are considered, and there is a detailed case-study of the suppliers of cloth. It is found that whilst goods were bought from a wide area, the north-east region provided sufficient choice to satisfy the majority of the priory's needs.

Keywords:   north-east England, merchants, cloth, Liber Vitae, gender, suppliers

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