Project Status: Ongoing

The site provides downloadable data (MS Excel .csv format) of prices for many types of food, drink, raw materials, and manufactured goods from the central middle ages to the 20th century, collected largely from sources published in the 19th and 20th centuries. Both the original prices reported and prices in grams of silver per litre are available, as are files giving conversions used for various currencies to generate prices in grams of silver, along with details of the measures used. The database may be browsed by commodities (within which dates of first and last prices are noted and specific locations) and by map (to see what commodity data is available for each location).

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Resource details:

Resource Type: Downloadable dataMapNumeric DataSearchable Database

License: Must provide creditNo Fee

Modern Language: English

Medieval content details:

Dates: 1200 - 1600

Subject: AgricultureCrafts, IndustryEconomyFood and DrinkMaterial CultureTowns, CitiesTradeTravel, Pilgrimage

Medieval prices are available for all types of food (especially grain), drink, and spices, as well as candles, cloth, fuel, metals, paper, parchment, shoes, soap, wax, and other items.

Type/Genre of Medieval Primary Source Material: Accounts

Secondary sources with published data noted but rarely the original medieval primary sources.

Geopolitical Region: AfricaAsia, East and SouthEuropeMiddle East

Prices available for particular commodities (especially grains) in specific places such as Exeter, London, Barcelona, Florence, etc...