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Dat ovi capra lanam; “The goat gives wool to the sheep.” This medieval Latin topos of abundance, in the sense of “bringing coals to Newcastle” [3. 30], deals with the most important economic difference between the two low-maintenance ruminants that were often pastured together in a single herd: as wool-supplier, the sheep was more important economically than the goat from the perspective of commercial cloth manufacture and marketing. But raising goats r…

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Rippmann, Dorothee, “Goat”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030768>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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