The Merchant, the Monkeys and the Lure of Money

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    The image of the merchant or pedlar robbed by apes is common in late medieval art, appearing in manuscripts, on misericords, and in a number of prints. Whilst this image is often considered to be merely frivolous or, at most, a warning to merchants to be vigilant in their business dealings, the present paper argues that it may well originate in a warning against the corrupting influence of money in the increasingly mercantile culture of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Europe.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-90
    Number of pages8
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006


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