Medieval Society and the Manor Court

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The records of manorial courts have been used increasingly as the principal source for the reconstruction of rural and small town society in Medieval England. They offer a unique source with which to investigate peasant demography, family patterns, the village community and economy, the characteristics and instruments of customary law and the ways in which that law was perceived and exploited by landlords and tenants.
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Overview


The records of manorial courts have been used increasingly as the principal source for the reconstruction of rural and small town society in Medieval England. They offer a unique source with which to investigate peasant demography, family patterns, the village community and economy, the characteristics and instruments of customary law and the ways in which that law was perceived and exploited by landlords and tenants.
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"...this is a useful book, with some truly exceptional and important essays, addressing some current uses of local court rolls in attempts to examine and understand the medieval English village world....[the essays] cannot be ignored by anyone interested in the field."--The American Journal of Legal History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198201908
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Pages: 728
  • Lexile: 1730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.63 (h) x 1.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Tel Aviv University

Director, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure

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Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Maps
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The Historiography of Manorial Court Rolls 1
1 The Origins of the English Manorial Court Rolls as a Written Record: A Puzzle 36
2 What did Edwardian Villagers Understand by Law? 69
3 What did English Villagers Mean by 'Customary Law'? 103
4 The Development of Deathbed Transfers in Medieval English Manor Courts 117
5 Charitable Bequests, Deathbed Land Sales, and the Manor Court in Later Medieval England 143
6 Politics in Manorial Court Rolls: The Tactics, Social Composition, and Aims of a pre-1381 Peasant Movement 162
7 Merton College's Control of its Tenants at Thorncroft, 1270-1349 199
8 The Dyffryn Clwyd Court Roll Project, 1340-1352 and 1389-1399: A Methodology and Some Preliminary Findings 260
9 The Population History of Medieval English Villages: A Debate on the Use of Manor Court Records 298
10 Intrafamiliar Ties and Relationships in the Medieval Village: A Quantitive Approach Employing Manor Court Rolls 369
11 The Peasant Land Market in Medieval England - and Beyond 392
12 The Late Medieval View of Frankpledge and the Tithing System: An Essex Case Study 408
13 A Periodic Market and its Impact upon a Manorial Community: Botesdale, Suffolk, and the Manor of Redgrave, 1280-1300 450
14 Low-level Urbanization: The Seigneurial Borough of Thornbury in the Middle Ages 482
15 Exploitation of the Landless by the Lords and Tenants in Early Medieval England 518
App A Survey of Medieval Manorial Court Rolls in England 569
Bibliography 638
Index 673
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