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Compassionate Capitalism: Business and Community in Medieval England

Catherine Casson, Mark Casson, John Lee, and Katie Phillips


This book examines the evolution of compassionate capitalism in medieval England, using a unique and comprehensive source of information, the Cambridge Hundred Rolls. It demonstrates how compassionate capitalism developed through the bequest of rental income on property to charitable and religious institutions, such as hospitals, abbeys and friaries. This rental income was generated by the dramatic growth of an urban property market, through which wealthy merchants invested the profits of trade in property development. Compassionate capitalism was a driving force in the medieval economy from t ... More

Keywords: Cambridge, Hundred rolls, Compassionate Capitalism, Property market

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529209259
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529209259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Casson, author
University of Manchester

Mark Casson, author
University of Reading

John Lee, author
University of York