- xix, 365 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm.
- "Cloth-making became England's leading industry in the late Middle Ages; clothiers coordinated its different stages, in some cases carrying out the processes themselves, and found markets for their finished cloth, selling to merchants, drapers and other traders. While many clothiers were of only modest status or "jacks of all trades", a handful of individuals amassed huge fortunes through the trade, becoming the multi-millionaires of their day.0This book offers the first recent survey of this hugely important and significant trade and its practitioners, examining the whole range of clothiers across different areas of England, and exploring their impact within the industry and in their wider communities. Alongside the mechanics of the trade, it considers clothiers as entrepreneurs and early capitalists, employing workers and even establishing early factories; it also looks at their family backgrounds and their roles as patrons of church rebuilding and charitable activities. It is completed with extracts from clothiers' wills and a gazetteer of places to visit, making the book invaluable to academics, students, and local historians alike."--Contents note continued: The rise of the medieval clothier -- The skills of the medieval clothier -- The environment of the medieval clothier -- The medieval clothier and government -- The medieval clothier as an early capitalist -- Appendices -- 1.Cloths taxed by county -- 2.Cloths taxed by locality -- 3.Cloth types, as defined by statute in 1552 -- 4.Will of Thomas Paycocke of Coggeshall -- 5.Will of Thomas Spring III of Lavenham -- 6.Will of John Smallwood the elder alias John Winchcombe I of Newbury -- 7.Will of William Stumpe of Malmesbury.Contents: Machine generated contents note: The period 1350 to 1550 -- Cloth-making -- Why did English cloth-making expand after 1350? -- Entrepreneurs and capitalists -- Historical sources -- 1.Making cloth -- Processes in the making of cloth -- Organising cloth production -- Timescales and profits -- 2.Marketing cloth -- Clothiers' customers in the provinces -- Clothiers' customers in London -- Buyers from overseas -- Cloth markets -- Selling cloth -- 3.Identifying Clothiers -- Locating cloth-workers and clothiers -- Why did the cloth industry develop in particular areas? -- 4.Clothiers and government -- Developing legislation -- Regulating cloth production -- Responding to political protests -- 5.Clothiers in society -- Family backgrounds -- Houses and workshops -- Farming and landholding -- Religious and commemorative practice -- 6.Famous clothiers -- Thomas Paycocke of Coggeshall -- The Springs of Lavenham -- The Winchcombes of Newbury -- William Stumpe of Malmesbury -- Conclusion --Includes bibliographical references (pages 318-337) and index.