Warrior monks, crusaders and the mysterious origins of modern banking.
Warrior monks, crusaders and the mysterious origins of modern banking. You might think banks are so central to every economy that they have always existed. And they have, sort of. But the true story of the origins of modern banking is – as Tim Harford explains – as surprising and mysterious as the plot of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.
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Sources and related links
William Goetzmann - Money Changes Everything
Fernand Braudel - Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century: The structure of everyday life (University of California Press 1992 p 471)
Marie-Thérèse Boyer-Xambeu, Ghislain Deleplace, Lucien Gillard, M.E. Sharpe - Private Money & Public Currencies: The 16th Century Challenge (Routledge 1994)