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Title: Mites and merchants: the crisis of English wool and textile trade revisited, c. 1275-1330
Author(s): Slavin, Philip
Issue Date: Nov-2020
Citation: Slavin P (2020) Mites and merchants: the crisis of English wool and textile trade revisited, c. 1275-1330. Economic History Review, 73 (4), pp. 885-913.
Abstract: On the basis of 7,871 manorial accounts from 601 sheep‐rearing demesnes and 187 tithe receipts from 15 parishes, this article addresses the origins, scale, and impact of the wool and textile production crisis in England, c. 1275–1350. The article argues that recurrent outbreaks of scab disease depressed sheep population and wool production levels until the early 1330s. The disease, coupled with warfare and taxation, also had a decisive role in depressing the volumes of wool exports. Despite this fact, wool merchants were still conducting business with major wool producers, who desperately needed access to the capital to replenish their flocks.
DOI Link: 10.1111/ehr.12969
Rights: © 2020 The Author. The Economic History Review published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Economic History Society. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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