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How did Mediterranean trade work, and how did it change from a low point in the eighth century to the great trade cycle of the central Middle Ages? Storylines have long focused on Italian shipping, but Egyptian documents and advances in archaeology show a far more complex picture.
Chris Wickham is Chichele Professor of Medieval History emeritus and Fellow of All Souls College at the University of Oxford, and Director of the British School at Rome (through July 2021). He is currently writing a comparative history of the Mediterranean ca. 950–1180, synthesizing textual and archeological evidence for long-distance and regional exchange. His most recent book is Medieval Europe (Yale UP, 2016).