Champion: The Making and Unmaking of the English Midland Landscape by Tom Williamson, Robert Liddiard, Tracey Partida |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
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
     
 

Champion: The pattern of nucleated settlements and extensive open fields most commonly found within the landscape of the Midlands. This book presents a radical reinterpretation of the origins of villages and open fields, and their development in the late medieval and post-medieval periods, in the Midland, 'champion' areas of England. Most landscape historians

Overview

Champion: The pattern of nucleated settlements and extensive open fields most commonly found within the landscape of the Midlands. This book presents a radical reinterpretation of the origins of villages and open fields, and their development in the late medieval and post-medieval periods, in the Midland, 'champion' areas of England. Most landscape historians believe that villages were created in the middle or later Saxon periods through the 'nucleation' of a formerly dispersed pattern of settlement, that many villages were initially laid out as planned, regular settlements and that open fields probably came into existence at the same time. Re-examination and mapping of the data suggests 'nucleation' is a myth, 'village planning' an illusion and open fields were created, at least in their classic, 'regular' forms, only in the eleventh or twelfth centuries.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"... 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 UEA and published 'The Transformation of Rural England: Farming and the Landscape 1700-1870' (University of Exeter Press, 2002). Robert Liddiard completed a PhD at UEA in 2000 and has published on high-status landscapes in the Middle Ages. Tracey Partida is a consultant specializing in geographical information systems (GIS) and her PhD is in progress at University of Huddersfield.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >