Champion: The Making and Unmaking of the English Midland Landscape

Champion: The Making and Unmaking of the English Midland Landscape

by Tom Williamson, Robert Liddiard, Tracey Partida
     
 


Focusing on Northampton, Champion offers a radical reinterpretation of the origins of villages and open fields, and their development in the late medieval and post-medieval periods in the Midlands. Instead of the commonly accepted belief that villages and open fields were created in the middle or later Saxon period through a process of…  See more details below

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Focusing on Northampton, Champion offers a radical reinterpretation of the origins of villages and open fields, and their development in the late medieval and post-medieval periods in the Midlands. Instead of the commonly accepted belief that villages and open fields were created in the middle or later Saxon period through a process of “nucleation,” or village planning, the authors of this volume suggest that these settlements only emerged in their classic, regular forms in the eleventh or twelfth centuries. Their findings are based on an innovative use of digital mapping and geographical information systems, and they cast new light on the agricultural practices in the post-medieval period.

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"... the review quote to use is 'A substantial contribution to the literature ... Few studying the subject will be able to ignore such a book.'—Landscape History

"Clearly written and beautifully illustrated, Champion presents a strong central argument and a raft of stimulating secondary ideas. ... This book enriches our understanding of landscape ..."—Medieval Settlement Research Group

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859898683
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Publication date:
06/15/2013
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Tom Williamson is professor in landscape history at the University of East Anglia, and the author of the Transformation of Rural England: Farming and the Landscape 1700-1870, also published by the University of Exeter Press. Robert Liddiard completed his PhD at the University of East Anglia in 2000 and has published widely on high-status landscapes in the Middle Ages. Tracey Partidais a consultant specializing in geographical information systems and her Ph.D. is in progress at the University of Huddersfield.

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