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Bruce Campbell's book is the first single-authored treatment of medieval English agriculture on a national scale. Methodologically innovative, it deals comprehensively with the cultivation carried out by or for lords on their demesne farms, for which the documentation is more detailed and abundant than for any other agricultural group either during the medieval period or later. A context is thereby assured for all future scholarship on the medieval and early agrarian economies. The book also makes a substantive contribution to ongoing historical debates.
Table of Contents
List of figures; List of tables; Preface and acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: agriculture and the late-medieval English economy; 2. Sources, databases and typologies; 3. The scale and composition of the seigniorial sector; 4. Seigniorial pastoral production; 5. Seigniorial arable production; 6. Crop specialisation and cropping systems; 7. Arable productivity; 8. Grain output and population: a conundrum; 9. Adapting to change: English seigniorial agriculture, 1250-1450; Appendices; Consolidated bibliography; Index.