Catalan Bankers in the 14th century: A First Census

Esther Tello Hernández, Albert Reixach Sala

Abstract


This paper focuses on money-changers, owners of private money-changing tables (taules de canvi) in Catalonia between approximately 1280 and 1400. It places them among the group of financial agents (especially with regard to public administrations), and it stresses the particularities of the institutions ruled by them, true private banks. Additionally, it includes a first census of over a hundred bankers documented in the Principality of Catalonia during the aforementioned period. Besides remarking some of their shared characteristics, the paper also presents several approaches to conduct in-depth studies of this group.

Keywords


Private banking; financiers; public finance; Late Medieval Catalonia; Crown of Aragon

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