Tensions with Italian merchants

In April 1456, three mercers’ servants (probably journeymen) saw a Lucchese merchant, Alessandro Palastrelli, on Cheapside with a dagger hanging ostentatiously from his belt. Tensions in England were high that year; beyond the developing civil war, another flashpoint was Londoners’ resentment towards Italian merchants, who (in their view) undercut the English and in general actedContinue reading “Tensions with Italian merchants”