Presses de Sciences Po
Monnaie privée et pouvoir des princes
Title Monnaie privée et pouvoir des princes
Subtitle L'économie des relations monétaires à la Renaissance
Edition First Edition
Authors Marie-Thérèse Boyer-Xambeu, Ghislain Deleplace, Lucien Gillard
Collection Académique
Publisher Presses de Sciences Po
Co-publisher Editions du CNRS
Audience 06 Professional and scholarly
CLIL (Version 2013-2019) 3283 SCIENCES POLITIQUES
Title First Published 01 January 1986
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: JP

Format Paperback
Nb of pages 423 p.
ISBN-10 2-7246-0536-5
ISBN-13 978-2-7246-0536-5
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782724605365
Publication Date 01 January 1986
Main content page count 423
Weight 430 gr
List Price 37.50 €


European monetary space was in the 16th century the very heart of the world trading space.

Contrary to the traditional point of view, according to which money was a simple instrument for commercial exchanges obeying their rules, the authors show the existence of an autonomous monetary space, that of currency exchange, whose functioning determined to a large extent the circulation of goods.

This monetary geography was characterized by a connection between two pôles : a few family « multinational » firms practicing currency exchange as well as commerce or finance, and emerging state powers, having the right of coinage. The main fair, Lyons, then « Bisenzone », was where the tensions of the continent were polarized into a system of national currency exchanges. Monetary relations thus appeared as a new mode of individual use of the social languages which the units of account represent, a mode which both complemented and fought the fragmented state powers.

One century before the émergence of banks of issue, currency constituted a spécifie link between private practices and public prérogatives.