The Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank (MEMDB)

The Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank (MEMDB) contains six large data sets regarding European history ca.800-1815: three pertaining to currency exchanges and three pertaining to prices.

  • Currency exchanges Metz. Contains monetary data from Rainer Metz, Geld, Währung und Preisentwicklung: der Niederrheinraum im europäischen Vergleich, 1350-1800 (Frankfurt am Main, 1990).
  • Currency exchanges Mueller. Contains monetary data supporting material presented in Reinhold C. Mueller, The Venetian Money Market: Banks, Panics, and the Public Debt, 1200-1500 (Baltimore, 1997).
  • Currency exchanges Spufford. Contains all currency exchange quotations compiled by Peter Spufford and published in his Handbook of Medieval Exchange (London, 1986).
  • Prices Metz. Contains grain prices supplied by Rainer Metz and compiled for the printed edition of Dietrich Ebeling and Franz Irsigler, Getreideumsatz, Getreide- und Brotpreise in Köln, 1368-1797 (Köln, 1976).
  • Prices Posthumus. Contains prices drawn from primary sources and published in Nicholaas Wilhelmus Posthumus, Nederlandsche Prijsgeschiedenis (Leiden, 1943).
  • Prices and wages Munro. Contains annual data on textile-related trade, textile production, textile prices, price indices, and wages in the medieval Low Countries and England extracted from the annual civic treasurers’ accounts that have been placed in the Rekenkamer or Chambre des Comptes in the Belgian National and in the town archives of Bruges, Ghent, Leuven, and Mechelen; from the National Archives (Public Record Office) and from the Archives of the British Library of Political and Economic Science. Information from this database can be downloaded as Excel spreadsheets.

The project is established at Rutgers University and was originally co-sponsored by the Research Libraries Group (RLG).

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