Horses, Oxen and Technological Innovation: The Use of Draught Animals in English Farming from 1066-1500 / Edition 1

Horses, Oxen and Technological Innovation: The Use of Draught Animals in English Farming from 1066-1500 / Edition 1

by John Langdon
     
 

ISBN-10: 052152508X

ISBN-13: 9780521525084

Pub. Date: 07/04/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The introduction of the horse brought many advantages to medieval English farming, particularly as an improvement to ploughing and hauling. But the replacement of oxen by horses was by no means inevitable, as the situation often depended upon a number of factors not immediately obvious to modern eyes. These factors, which included such environmental aspects as soil

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Overview

The introduction of the horse brought many advantages to medieval English farming, particularly as an improvement to ploughing and hauling. But the replacement of oxen by horses was by no means inevitable, as the situation often depended upon a number of factors not immediately obvious to modern eyes. These factors, which included such environmental aspects as soil types and terrain, are evaluated to see how they affected the decision to use horses and oxen. The introduction of the horse is furthermore examined in relation to farm production, the improvement in marketing, and the development of regionalism; and various theories regarding technological innovation are assessed to see whether this or that innovation acted in a predictable way. Most importantly, the study affords a glimpse into the working of the minds of medieval farmers as they approached the problems of livelihood and survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521525084
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/04/2002
Series:
Past and Present Publications Series
Edition description:
First Paperback Edition
Pages:
331
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The work-horse as a technological innovation; 2. The initial stages: England from 1066 to 1200; 3. The demesne: 1200–1500; 4. The peasantry: 1200–1500; 5. Conclusions; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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