A Cultural History of Money in the Renaissance

A Cultural History of Money in the Renaissance, Volume 3

by Stephen Deng

Stephen Deng is Associate Professor of English at Michigan State University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
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    978-1-4742-0685-3 (online)

    978-1-4742-3739-0 (set)

    978-1-4742-3709-3 (hardback)
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    First edition
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A Cultural History of Money in the Renaissance
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In a time before large banking systems, and with paper money just in its infancy, money during the Renaissance meant coinage (mainly gold and silver) and local credit systems. These monetary forms had a significant influence on the ways in which money was understood throughout the period, and shaped discussions on such topics as the meaning of monetary value, the economic, political, religious, and aesthetic uses of coinage, the moral implications of usury and credit systems, and the importance of reputation, both at the state and individual levels. Crucial to the transformation of ideas about money in the period was the growing awareness that the individuals, up to and including the monarch, were powerless to overcome the market forces that determined value and directed the movement of goods and money.

Drawing upon a wealth of visual and textual sources, A Cultural History of Money in the Renaissance presents essays that examine key cultural case studies of the period on the themes of technologies, ideas, ritual and religion, the everyday, art and representation, interpretation, and the issues of the age.