Nicholas Howe

Nicholas Howe, whose latest book is Home and Homelessness in the Medieval and Renaissance World, teaches at Berkeley.

How excessive was the excess of the past? Scott Fitzgerald may have decided that the very rich are different from you and me, but they live in our own time; so we can begin to comprehend their wealth, even when spent on private jets, triplex penthouses or million-dollar birthday parties. The scales for measuring wealth in the past seem less certain, when the contemporary value of a pound or...

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