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Fri May 6, 2011
Planet Money

The Friday Podcast: Medieval Economics

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 10:46 am

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On today's Planet Money: The economics of the Middle Ages.

Knights are extortionists. Guilds knock down your house if you don't play by their rules. And you have to wait until the black death kills a third of Europe before anything changes.

Tough times.

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