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Breaking the news of the fall of Richard II


Great headline,but an illustrated manuscript is probably following the news, not leading it. Trade travelled faster than scriptorium and in all likelihood promissory notes to bankers faster than goods. Gossip spread at the speed of sail, rowed galleys, and horses.

Serious money at play, playing the market in fustian and bombast and black cloth. England survived at this time via trade through a very small number of specific "staple" ports in the low countries and northern France. Word would have leaked out as wool sold.




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