Medieval Sheep and the Wool Trade, by Jonathan Davies

Medieval Sheep and the Wool Trade, by Jonathan Davies

subtitled 'Sheep, Wool and the Wool Trade in the Middle Ages'

Published by Historical Management Associates in 2008, 24 pages. A5 size Booklet (N7526)

From the introduction: The following short essay is designed to help those interested in the practical processes involved in the medieval woollen industry. It is often remarked that the humble sheep bore on its back the true wealth of England. It is certainly true that wool was for centuries the principal export of the kingdom, together with woollen cloth and this enabled successive English monarchs to engage in the pursuit of war and conquest so close to their hearts. I have not attempted to deal with the clothing industry a separate and very complex subject in its own right. This has been written as a briefing paper for members of my group when presenting themselves as spinsters and woolmerchants. I have therefore tried to find as much practical information out about the business as possible rather than dwelling on the administrative and taxation aspects. Sections include:

What were medieval sheep like?
Sheep and shepherding,
The quality of the fleece
Wool quality
Washing and shearing
Preparation for spinning
Carriage and loading of wool
How was it weighed?
Women in the woollen industry
Foreign Merchants
Wool Staple
Major ports for the export of wool

The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.