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School of History

Professor Jim Bolton


Professorial Research Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 6930


Since taking early retirement from full-time teaching, I have been able to pursue my research interests in medieval economic history.

In 2001, thanks to a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council, I established The Borromei Bank Research Project at Queen Mary, to create electronic database versions of two important Italian banking ledgers of the Borromei banks in Bruges and London in the 1430s.



Recent Publications

Money in the medieval English economy, 973-1489 (link is external), Manchester Medieval Series (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012). ISBN 0719050405

‘London merchants and the Borromei bank in the 1430s: the role of local credit networks’, in H. Kleineke (ed. Parliament, Personalities and Power. Papers presented to Linda S. Clark, The Fifteenth Century X (link is external) (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2011), pp. 53-73.

‘Was there a “crisis of credit” in fifteenth-century England?’, the Howard Linecar Lecture to the British Numismatic Society, 2009, British Numismatic Journal (link is external), 81 (2011), 144-64.

‘When did Antwerp replace Bruges as the commercial and financial centre of north-western Europe? The evidence of the Borromei ledger for 1438’, The Economic History Review (link is external), 61:2 (2008), pp. 360-79.

The Ledger of Filippo Borromei and Company of Bruges, 1438’, Web Publication, (link is external) (2008)

‘How Sir Thomas Rempston paid his ransom: or, the mistakes of an Italian bank’, in L. Clark (ed.), Conflicts, Consequences and the Crown in the late Middle Ages, The Fifteenth Century VII (link is external) (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2007), 101-18.

Forthcoming (in press) 2013

‘Looking for Yersinia pestis: scientists, historians and the Black Death’ in L. Clark and C. Rawcliffe (eds.), Society in an Age of Plague, The Fifteenth Century XII (link is external) (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2013), publication date 15 August 2013, ISBN 9781843838753.

‘The Church and money in twelfth-century England’ in G. Gasper and S.H. Gullbekk (eds.), Money and the Church in Medieval Europe, 1000-1200 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), publication date Autumn 2013, ISBN 9781472420992

‘How it really worked: Italian banking in northern Europe in the fifteenth century as seen through the Borromei ledgers’ in N.J. Mayhew (ed.), Peter Spufford’s ‘Money and its use in Medieval Europe’ – Twenty Five Years On, Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication 50, (London: Royal Numismatic Society, 2013), publication date Autumn 2013, ISBN 0901405698.