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The Gold Mines of Kremnica

Maurice Keen: From Venice to Visa, 20 February 2003

Power and Profit: The Merchant in Medieval Europe 
by Peter Spufford.
Thames and Hudson, 432 pp., £24.95, September 2002, 0 500 25118 5
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... commerce that it generated over the three centuries from 1200 to 1500, provide the themes for Peter Spufford’s splendid book. Spufford’s magisterial study Money and Its Use in Medieval Europe (1988) laid the foundations for this larger project; it is the fruit of extensive further research, both in the archives ...

Reasons for Liking Tolkien

Jenny Turner: The Hobbit Habit, 15 November 2001

... gone to heaven? Is he playing a game on his PC?On the voice-over to the first Fellowship trailer, Peter Jackson, who directed the movie, portends: ‘The technology has caught up with the incredible imagination that Tolkien injected into that story of his. And so, this is the time.’ Of the many strange things there are to observe about Tolkien, the way his ...

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