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Old 05-09-2016, 06:30 AM
msmith537 msmith537 is offline
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Originally Posted by Der Trihs View Post
The concept of an obligation to show hospitality to travelers goes back thousands of years ago, such as the ancient Greek custom of xenia.
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Originally Posted by GreenWyvern View Post
Even in medieval times there were bankers, goldsmiths, and wealthy merchants who dealt with financial business.

Letters of credit, bills of exchange, and promissory notes were used.

By the 17th and 18th century the system was quite sophisticated, and financial instruments could be traded, discounted for cash, used as collateral for loans, etc.
That's what I figured. But I always wondered how it worked in practice. Like if I decided to extend my stay in Paris another month and need more cash, but my wealth is all tied up in Ireland. I can't just wire it, so I suppose I could get a note of credit from a local bank.

But how do they validate your identity? I can't imagine that they would know every lord and baron by sight.