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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

Dramatic social and economic change during the middle ages altered the lives of the people of Britain in far-reaching ways, from the structure of their families to the ways they made their livings. In this masterly book, preeminent medieval historian Christopher Dyer presents a fresh view of the British economy from the ninth to the sixteenth century and a vivid

Overview

Dramatic social and economic change during the middle ages altered the lives of the people of Britain in far-reaching ways, from the structure of their families to the ways they made their livings. In this masterly book, preeminent medieval historian Christopher Dyer presents a fresh view of the British economy from the ninth to the sixteenth century and a vivid new account of medieval life. He begins his volume with the formation of towns and villages in the ninth and tenth centuries and ends with the inflation, population rise, and colonial expansion of the sixteenth century.

This is a book about ideas and attitudes as well as the material world, and Dyer shows how people regarded the economy and responded to economic change. He examines the growth of towns, the clearing of lands, the Great Famine, the Black Death, and the upheavals of the fifteenth century through the eyes of those who experienced them. He also explores the dilemmas and decisions of those who were making a living in a changing world—from peasants, artisans, and wage earners to barons and monks. Drawing on archaeological and landscape evidence along with more conventional archives and records, the author offers here an engaging survey of British medieval economic history unrivaled in breadth and clarity.

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
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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