THE VIEWS OF THE HOSTS OF ALIEN MERCHANTS, 1440-1444

Edited by HELEN BRADLEY
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The ‘Views of Hosts’ is the name given to the returns which merchant ‘hosts’ in London, Southampton and Hull were required to provide for the Exchequer in the fifteenth century. They listed the imports and purchases made by their foreign merchant ‘guests’, who came mostly from Italy, Spain and the Low Countries. The returns recorded here provide details of the goods traded in and out of these ports, and also the names of the foreign merchants, and of the local men and women who bought their wares and sold English goods to them in return. There are biographies of more than 500 English people mentioned, as well as almost 130 foreign merchants; and a glossary of commodities.