History Today subscription

Johan MacKechnie

The king’s property: a slave  market, by Yahya ibn Al-Wasiti  from Al Maqamat, ‘The Meetings’,  by Al-Hariri, 13th-century Iraq. Ms Ar 5847 f.105  © Bibliothèque Nationale/Bridgeman Images.

The changing shape of the slave trade in the medieval Mediterranean.