Excommunication for Debt in Late Medieval France Hardback

The Business of Salvation

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Excommunication for Debt in Late Medieval France

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Late medieval church courts frequently excommunicated debtors at the request of their creditors. Tyler Lange analyzes over 11,000 excommunications between 1380 and 1530 in order to explore the forms, rhythms, and cultural significance of the practice. Three case studies demonstrate how excommunication for debt facilitated minor transactions in an age of scarce small-denomination coinage and how interest-free loans and sales credits could be viewed as encouraging the relations of charitable exchange that were supposed to exist between members of Christ's body. Lange also demonstrates how from 1500 or so believers gradually turned away from the practice and towards secular courts, at the same time as they retained the moralized, economically irrational conception of indebtedness we have yet to shake. The demand-driven rise and fall of excommunication for debt reveals how believers began to reshape the institutional Church well before Martin Luther posted his theses.

Excommunication for Debt in Late Medieval France by Tyler Lange was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2016. The ISBN for Excommunication for Debt in Late Medieval France is 9781107145795.

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Page last updated 26th September 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (May 2016)
Weight610g
Number of Pages280
Thickness23 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9781107145795
ISBN-101107145791
Product Code4371002
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