Emile Signot_S. Luigi IX (1839)

The “Strong Money” of Good King Saint Louis

Speaking with a friend recently, we chanced to talk about money and coins. He is a coin collector and had just visited a coin shop nearby. I mentioned my own studies of medieval economy and its coinage. Much to my surprise and delight, he reached into his inner coat pocket and pulled out a gros [...]

Thirteen Bold Resolutions for 2013

We Americans love to upgrade ourselves—or at least give improvement a lick and a promise as we turn the page on a given milestone.  Jonathan Edwards famously wrote out 70 resolutions (yes, 70!); one assumes North America’s greatest thinker and theologian also sought to live each of them out.  Somewhat later, Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography included [...]