Prague 1, Dlouha 17
Charles University, Faculty of Humanities
11.05.2017 - 13.05.2017
Zaoral, Roman

The purpose of the conference is to provide insights into questions connected with financial crises during the Middle Ages and early modern period. Historical, monetary and economic factors related to financial crises will be discussed. The focus will be on papers which use historical data to shed light on issues such as: currency depreciation and debasement, exchange rates, prices and wages, credit and money supply, taxation system, assignment of debts and market.


Thursday 11 May 2017

9:00–9:30 Welcome speech
Iva Holmerová (Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague)
Roman Zaoral (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague)

9:30–10:30 Keynote speech
Peter Spufford (Queens´ College, University of Cambridge)
Financial crises in late medieval Europe

10:30–11:00 Tea/coffee break

11:00–12:30 Session I: Financial crises
Chair: Borys Paszkiewicz

Martin Allen (Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge)
Debasement in the ancient and medieval worlds: response to crisis or cause of it?

Marc Bompaire (CNRS / École pratique des hautes études, Paris)
The financial crisis of 1417–1422 in France: a story of high inflation (in French)

Ekaterina Nosova (Saint-Petersburg Institute of History, Russian Academy of Sciences) Between wealth and economy: The court of the Dukes of Burgundy during the financial crisis (1435–1437)

12:30–13:30 Lunch

14:00–14:45 Sightseeing in Charles University’s historical buildings, including a Gothic patrician house of Johlin Rotlev (Rotlow), Master of the Royal Mint

15:00–16:30 Session II: Prosperity and crisis
Chair: Martin Allen

Roger Svensson (Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Stockholm)
The search for seigniorage: periodic re-coinage in medieval Sweden

Balázs Nagy (Eötvös Loránd University / Central European University, Budapest)
Crisis, prosperity and commercial contacts: The case of fourteenth-century Hungary

Borys Paszkiewicz (Institute of Archaeology, University of Wroclaw)
A war debasement in Poland and Silesia in the second quarter of the fifteenth century

16:30–17:00 Tea/coffee break

17:00–18:30 Session III: Money supply
Chair: Jaco Zuijderduijn

Nuno Palma (Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen)
Reconstruction of money supply over the long run: The case of England, 1270–1870

Nils Bock (History Seminar, University of Münster)
The kingdom of a “counterfeiter”: The place of money in France under Philipp IV

Jan Škvrňák (History Department, Masaryk University, Brno)
Late medieval castle as a centre of money flow

19:00 Dinner

Friday 12 May 2017

9:00–11:00 Session IV: Debts and default rates
Chair: Peter Spufford

Tony K. Moore and Miriam Marra (ICMA Centre, University of Reading)
Debt and default in medieval England: Assessing default rates and credit risk factors from the London recognisance rolls, 1285–1363

Anna Paulina Orlowska (Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)
Debt in the life of late medieval merchant in Prussia and Greater Poland

Miloš Božović (Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade)
My ships come home a month before the day: Venetian public debt servicing and precious metals from the Balkans

11:00 – 11:30 Tea/coffee break

11:30–13:00 Session V: Market and monetary policy
Chair: Tony K. Moore

Helen Killick, Chris Brooks and Adrian Bell (ICMA Centre, University of Reading)
The English property market, 1300–1500: a reappraisal

Jaco Zuijderduijn (School of Economics and Management, Lund University)
Incentives and interests. Monetary policy, public debt, and default in Holland, c. 1466–1489

Mikołaj Malinowski (Department of Economic History, Lund University)
The power of consensus: Parliamentarianism and market integration in Poland, 1505–1772

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00–15:30 Session VI: Exchange rates, prices and wages
Chair: Roman Zaoral

Petr Kozák (Institute of Historical Sciences, Silesian University, Opava)
Exchange rates, prices and wages in the accounting books of Sigismund Jagiellon´s court

Simon Zsolt (Institute of Social and Human Sciences, Romanian Academy of Sciences, Tîrgu Mureş)
The 1521–1525 currency depreciation in Hungary and its impact on prices, wages and taxation: The case of Transylvania

Claudio Marsilio (School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon)
“Better lose than waste your money”: Exchange rates and bullion quotations. New evidences from Genoese private archives (1620s–1660s)

15:30–16:00 Tea/coffee break

16:00–17:30 Session VII: Taxes, loans and accounting in the Czech lands
Chair: Mikołaj Malinowski

Tomáš Somer (History Department, Palacký University, Olomouc)
Jewish loans in Moravia in the late middle ages (to 1454)

David Dolejší (Faculty of Social and Economic Studies, University of Ústí nad.Labem)
Taxation and collusion in Central Europe: The rise, spread and fall of craft guilds

Pavla Slavíčková (Department of Applied Economics, Palacký University, Olomouc)
The influence of the accounting system on economic growth. Contribution to the history of accounting in the Czech lands in the early modern period

17:30–18:00 Summing up: Late medieval financial crises and the little divergence
Possibilities, limitations and directions for future research
Roman Zaoral (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague)

19:00 Dinner

Saturday 13 May 2017

Karlstejn Castle sightseeing tour – a short trip from Prague

8:17 Departure from the main railway station
9:35 Castle tour
12:00 Lunch
Return to Prague


Roman Zaoral

Charles University, Faculty of Humanities

(+420) 721 547 890


Money - Crisis - Conjuncture, 11.05.2017 – 13.05.2017 Prague, in: H-Soz-Kult, 21.04.2017, <www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-33937>.
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