The Church dominated society in the Middle Ages and functioned as a quasi-government, providing public and private goods. This book is the first to examine specific institutions in the Church in the Middle Ages in economic terms. Other books have argued generally that the Church either had a positive or negative effect on economic development. The authors of this book look more closely at the actual Church institutions and practices and describe how each functioned as a part of the larger economy of the time. They focus especially on marriage, usury, heresy, the crusades, and the monasteries. It is not their purpose to reject or impugn religious motives
that may be advanced by theologians and historians. Their goal is to bring a fresh perspective to the role of institutions of the medieval Church in economic development.
Readership: Scholars and students of medieval history, ecclesiastical history or economics.
Robert B. Ekelund, Lowder Eminent Scholar, Department of Economics, Auburn University, Robert F. Hébert, Robert D. Tollison, Duncan Black Professor of Economics, George Mason University, Gary M. Anderson, Professor of Economics, California State University-Northridge, and Audrey B. Davidson, Department of Economics, University of Louisville
"This is a courageous and fascinating book." - James Buchanan, George Mason University, USA