Financing in Europe

Evolution, Coexistence and Complementarity of Lending Practices from the Middle Ages to Modern Times

  • Marcella Lorenzini
  • Cinzia Lorandini
  • D'Maris Coffman

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance book series (PSHF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. D’Maris Coffman, Cinzia Lorandini, Marcella Lorenzini
    Pages 1-18
  3. Informal, Non-institutional and Professional Credit in Preindustrial Europe

  4. Credit in the Time of the Emergence of Modern Banking

  5. Pamela Nightingale
    Pages E1-E1
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 355-405

About this book


This book explores the evolution of credit and financing in Europe from the Middle Ages through to the nineteenth century. It engages with the distinct  political, economic and institutional frameworks of the examined areas (England, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Turkey) and discusses how these affected the credit market. It covers a wide range of different types of lending/borrowing instruments, the destination of capital, the way it was raised, and the impact it had on local or national economies in a very long run.

Presented in two parts, part one of the book focuses on credit markets in the preindustrial age, in particular the period before the advent of modern joint stock banks. Part two examines the evolution of credit at the time of the emergence of modern banks.


Financial History Credit Non-institutional Credit Informal Credit Early Modern Europe Merchant Courts Intermediaries

Editors and affiliations

  • Marcella Lorenzini
    • 1
  • Cinzia Lorandini
    • 2
  • D'Maris Coffman
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Economics Management and Quantitative MethodsUniversity of MilanMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Economics and ManagementUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly
  3. 3.Bartlett Faculty of the Built EnvironmentUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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