Tag: Account book

Book cover
Book cover

The account book of the printmaster Peter Drach of Speyer is a unique source for the booktrade in the late 15th century. A thorough evaluation of the account book has shown that Drach’s business activities were founded on the participation of his family, whose members are introduced to the reader. Even though Drach’s business was flourishing, he could not cope with losing the city council’s support. Therefore, his wholesale trade collapsed in the 1490s. The loss could not be compensated for by the retail trade. After Drach’s death in 1504, his wife sold the business to one of his sons. However, the book trade never regained its former scale.

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Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Historisches Seminar
Übung, 2 SWS
Zeit und Ort: Fr 8:30 – 10:00, Leibniszstraße 8 – R.101/102

Kaufleute im Mittelalter – das waren sehr unterschiedliche Menschen, deren Denken doch bestimmte Gemeinsamkeiten kennzeichneten. Zu nennen sind in erster Linie Gewinnstreben und Rechenhaftigkeit bzw. Rationalität, aber auch eine berufsspezifische Frömmigkeit. Diesen kaufmännischen Lebensformen wollen Gabriel Zeilinger und ich anhand von Rechnungsbüchern, Briefwechseln und anderen Quellen nachgehen.

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2006 Summer Term