Previewing books

The thing with book reviews is you’re supposed to wait until you’ve finished reading the book before you review it but sometimes I just can’t wait! The latest exciting volume to hit my desk is Peter Spufford’s Power and Profit: The Merchant in Medieval Europe – a big, beautifully-illustrated survey of economics, trade, infrastructure, manufacture and custom in the middle ages – all the stuff that came together to make what we now call capitalism.