An Age of Transition?: Economy and Society in England in the Later Middle Ages

An Age of Transition?: Economy and Society in England in the Later Middle Ages

by Christopher Dyer
     
 

ISBN-10: 019921526X

ISBN-13: 9780199215263

Pub. Date: 05/17/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This new work by a prominent medievalist focuses on the period of transition between 1250 and 1550, when the wealth and power of the great lords was threatened and weakened, and when new social groups emerged and new methods of production were adopted. Professor Dyer examines both the commercial growth of the thirteenth century, and the restructuring of farming, trade…  See more details below

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This new work by a prominent medievalist focuses on the period of transition between 1250 and 1550, when the wealth and power of the great lords was threatened and weakened, and when new social groups emerged and new methods of production were adopted. Professor Dyer examines both the commercial growth of the thirteenth century, and the restructuring of farming, trade, and industry in the fifteenth. The subjects investigated include the balance between individuals and the collective interests of families and villages. The role of the aristocracy and in particular the gentry are scrutinized, and emphasis placed on the initiatives taken by peasants, traders, and craftsmen. The growth in consumption moved the economy in new directions after 1350, and this encouraged investment in productive enterprises. A commercial mentality persisted and grew, and producers, such as farmers, profited from the market. Many people lived on wages, but not enough of them to justify describing the sixteenth-century economy as capitalist. The conclusions are supported by research in sources not much used before, such as wills, and non-written evidence, including buildings.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199215263
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/17/2007
Series:
Ford Lectures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1A new middle ages7
2Community and privacy46
3Authority and freedom86
4Consumption and investment126
5Subsistence and markets173
6Work and leisure211

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