Germans in England - Ian D. Colvin



This book details the financial and commercial shenanigans of the German Hansa League traders in Britain during the Plantagenet and Tudor periods, and the rise of the 'Companies of Merchant Adventurers' that arose to take control of British trade from 'foreign' powers. It was written during the early years of WWI to warn the public against German interference in British affairs, but its real value is to provide historical insights into the trading monopolies and banking cabals that evolved into the exceedingly corrupt financial Institutions of the City of London.

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TO THE MEMORY OF MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE,
CAPTAIN GERALD MOYNA OF THE ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS,
WHO DIED FIGHTING IN FLANDERS,
THE 26th SEPTEMBER 1915, I DEDICATE THIS BOOK



Preface

This book must bear the stamp of a haste which only the urgency of war can justify. It was written in a few months in the intervals of my daily work, and if it has any merits, it is as a rough sketch and outline of its subject. As usual, I found the British Museum unfailing in its courtesy and in its resources. I have to thank Mr. Ferdinand de Mera for his invaluable assistance in translating German authorities and investigating crucial points in the Hanse Recesse and other German archives, and for his map of the roads, towns, and Kontors of the Hanseatic League. To Miss Thompson I am indebted for transcripts from Tudor manuscripts at the British Museum, to Mr. Claud Mullins for researches in the London Guildhall Library, and to Mr. J. S. Sandars for a revision of my proofs. The head of Queen Elizabeth, who expelled the Germans from England, was reproduced by the courtesy of the Medal Department of the British Museum.

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