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Medieval Capital Markets In Northwest Europe

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This chapter sketches some general outlines of markets for renten in northwest Europe. It illuminates some characteristics of capital markets in Holland, especially with respect to depth of the market and possibilities for resale. The chapter focuses on some qualitative and quantitative indicators of the capacity of capital markets to sketch the emergence of markets for renten in northwest Europe. It shows how markets for renten allowed governments, the public sector, and the private sector to accumulate capital. This is illustrated by providing evidence about the depth, scope, and volume of the market, as well as rates of return and liquidity. To put the northwest European capital markets in perspective, the chapter concludes with a discussion on northern and central Italy and England, two well-documented areas without financial instruments like renten.

Keywords: England; government funding; medievalcapital markets; Northwest Europe; private debt; public debt; renten



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