Refereed journal article or data article (A1)

MEDIEVAL MERCHANTS’ LETTERS IN NORTHERN EUROPE: Functions and conventions




List of Authors: Kallioinen M.

Publisher: Taylor and Francis A.S.

Publication year: 2019

Journal: Scandinavian Journal of History

Journal name in source: Scandinavian Journal of History

Volume number: 44

Issue number: 1

Number of pages: 24

ISSN: 0346-8755

eISSN: 1502-7716

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03468755.2018.1501417


Abstract

This article is concerned with the characteristic features that define medieval merchants’ letters. It explores systematically a collection of merchants’ letters from early 16th-century Finland, the so-called Scheel’s collection, which is unique in medieval northern Europe. Scheel’s letters show surprising conformity. They followed the conventions of letter writing, including their content, form, and style. Scheel’s letters were employed primarily as operative instruments in the organizing and controlling of transactions, reflecting similar functions to other European merchants’ letters. In line with other European correspondences, they also included most of the components of the rules of letter writing.


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