Making a Living in the Middle Ages: The People of Britain 8500 / Edition 1

Making a Living in the Middle Ages: The People of Britain 8500 / Edition 1

by Christopher Dyer, David Cannadine, David Cannadine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300101910

ISBN-13: 9780300101911

Pub. Date: 08/01/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

This superb book by Christopher Dyer presents an economic history of Britain from the 9th to 16th century. In it he examines the daily lives, ideas and attitudes of all social classes from peasants to aristocrats, exploring both long- and short-term economic developments and the processes and/or people that dictated and brought about these changes. The impact of both

Overview

This superb book by Christopher Dyer presents an economic history of Britain from the 9th to 16th century. In it he examines the daily lives, ideas and attitudes of all social classes from peasants to aristocrats, exploring both long- and short-term economic developments and the processes and/or people that dictated and brought about these changes. The impact of both local and external events are examined including the policies, successes and failures of local land owners, the arrival of the Vikings, the Norman Conquest, urban decline and the Black Death. Now available again in paperback

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300101911
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Series:
The New Economic History of Britain seri
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Sales rank:
1,380,757
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsvii
Prefaceix
Introduction: Approaching the economic history of medieval Britain1
Part 1Origins of the medieval economy, c.850-c.110011
1Living on the land, c.850-c.105013
i.Farming13
ii.Expansion17
iii.Estates and lords26
iv.Peasants35
2Crisis and new directions, c.850-c.105043
i.The Viking invasions43
ii.The growth of the state50
iii.The origins of towns58
3Conquest, c.1050-c.110071
i.Old aristocracy71
ii.New aristocracy80
iii.England in 108691
Part 2Expansion and crisis, c.1100-c.1350101
4Lords, c.1100-c.1315106
i.Aristocracy and property106
ii.Managing the estate119
iii.Lords and peasants137
iv.Lords and towns145
v.Knights and gentry147
vi.Aristocratic achievement?152
5Peasants, c.1100-c.1315155
i.Families and population155
ii.Peasants and their holdings160
iii.Peasants and the market163
iv.Peasants and lords178
v.Individuals and communities183
6Towns and commerce, c.1100-c.1315187
i.Urban expansion187
ii.The urban environment197
iii.Urban occupations201
iv.Techniques of trade and manufacture212
v.Urban government218
vi.Towns in a feudal economy225
7Crisis, c.1290-c.1350228
i.Great Famine and Black Death228
ii.Contraction and change236
iii.Historical debate246
iv.Crisis in Scotland251
v.Explanations254
Part 3Making a new world, c.1350-c.1520265
8The Black Death and its aftermath, c.1348-c.1520271
i.Plague and population, c.1348-c.1520271
ii.Low population, c.1348-c.1400278
iii.Revolts286
iv.The economy, c.1348-c.1400293
9Towns, trade and industry, c.1350-c.1520298
i.Urban fortunes298
ii.Urban economies313
iii.Consumers322
iv.Old and new327
10The countryside, c.1350-c.1520330
i.Landlords330
ii.Gentry340
iii.Farmers346
iv.Peasants349
Conclusion363
Further reading366
Index390

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