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The Moneyers of England, 973–1086

Labour organisation in the Late Anglo-Saxon and Early Anglo-Norman English mints

Jeremy Piercy
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237 pages, Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white, 111 tables, 30 figures (3 in colour), 9 colour maps. With additional material online (supplementary data and Appendix 1 in graphic format).
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The book examines the moneyers, those men responsible for minting the king’s coinage, within developing urban society in England during the tenth and eleventh centuries to address both their status and whether the internal workplace organisation of the mints might reflect the complexity of an Anglo-Saxon ‘state’. In reviewing the minting operation of late Anglo-Saxon England, and the men in charge of those mints, a better picture of the social history of pre-Conquest England is realised. These men were likely part of the thegnly or burgess class and how they organised themselves might reflect broader trends in how those outside of the aristocracy acted in response to royal directives. The book outlines a new and innovative method of analysing the organisation of labour in Medieval England. These new techniques and methodologies provide support for a previously unknown level of complexity in English minting.Accompanying the book are several digital downloads, including the Moneyers of England Database, 973-1086, consisting of information on 3,646 periods of moneyer activity derived from 28,576 individual coins produced at ninety-nine geographic locations.

Jeremy Piercy completed his PhD in History at the University of Edinburgh in 2018. His research is in medieval social and economic history with concentrations in Anglo-Saxon and Viking cultures. His work addresses the intersection of history, linguistics, numismatics, and material culture.

‘The book, plus the accompanying database, will not only be of great interest and value to numismatists and historians but will also form a key source for all future research on late Saxon moneyers, coinage and the economy, and to those with interests in the early-medieval economy more generally. It will remain the most important treatment of the topic for some time.’ Richard Goddard, Medieval Archaeology, Vol 65.1 (2021)

‘This is an original piece of work which takes the study of late Anglo-Saxon moneyers to a new level.’ Prof. J.L. Bolton, Queen Mary University of London

‘There are many discussions of moneyers and their part in the coinage, but this is by far the most sustained and important treatment of the topic in over thirty years, since E. A. Freeman’s study of moneyers under Edward the Confessor in the 1980s.’ Dr. Rory Naismith, King’s College London

‘To my knowledge there are no existing works that catalogue and examine the moneyers of late Anglo-Saxon England as a group. This work not only furthers our understanding of late Anglo-Saxon mints and the activities of the moneyers, but it will also prepare the ground for future studies on moneyers, coinage and the economy. … This work will be of interest to historians and numismatists working on late Anglo-Saxon England as well as other parts of the early medieval world. In particular, it makes information about moneyers and mints accessible to those outside the field of numismatics.’ Dr Chelsea Shields-Más, SUNY

Table of Contents (B650_9781407353746_ToC.pdf, 263 Kb) [Download]

Foreword_Abstract_Extract (B650_Piercy_9781407353746_Foreword_Abs_Extract.pdf, 296 Kb) [Download]