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Title: Blue Blood in the Red? Nobles on the Antwerp Annuity Market (1490-1493)
Authors: Buylaert, Frederik
Huybrechts, Yves
Editors: Ediciones Universidad de Valladolid
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Edad Media. Revista de Historia; Núm. 19 (2018): Entre la competencia y la cooperación. Modelos de relación ciudad-nobleza a fines de la Edad Media pags. 184-217
Abstract: This article investigates the activities of noblemen on the annuity market of the city of Antwerp at the end of the fifteenth century. In postwar historiography, the consumption of credit by noblemen was often considered as an indication that those noblemen were in dire straits, whereas more recent interpretations suggest that noblemen were important creditors to both princes and towns. The analysis of the activities of twenty-eight noble lineages on the Antwerp credit market reveals that noblemen appear more often as buyers than as sellers of credit, but also that they were considered creditworthy, and that noblemen were careful to avoid using estates that were important for the family’s noble status as collateral. The nobility's annuity traffic cannot be understood from a one-sided perspective, such as that of the overarching grand narrative of the perpetual crisis of the pre-modern nobility, or that of the nobleman-banker.
Keywords: Edad Media
ISSN: 2530-6448
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Language: eng
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Appears in Collections:Edad Media: Revista de Historia - 2018 - Num. 19

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