Everyday Life in Medieval England (Google eBook)

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Jan 1, 2001 - History - 352 pages
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Everyday Life in Medieval England captures the day-to-day experience of people in the middle ages - the houses and settlements in which they lived, the food they ate, their getting and spending - and their social relationships. The picture that emerges is of great variety, of constant change, of movement and of enterprise. Many people were downtrodden and miserably poor, but they struggled against their circumstances, resisting oppressive authorities, to build their own way of life and to improve their material conditions. The ordinary men and women of the middle ages appear throughout. Everyday life in Medieval England is an outstanding contribution to both national and local history.
  

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Contents

1 Power and Conflict in the Medieval English Village
1
The Growth and Decline of Medieval Rural Settlements
13
3 Deserted Medieval Villages in the West Midlands
27
A Case Study of Pendock Worcestershire
47
The Case of Harvest Workers
77
6 The Consumption of Freshwater Fish in Medieval England
101
7 Gardens and Orchards in Medieval England
113
8 English Peasant Buildings in the Later Middle Ages 12001500
133
10 The Social and Economic Background to the Rural Revolt of 1381
191
Its Origins and Participants
221
12 Towns and Cottages in EleventhCentury England
241
13 The Consumer and the Market in the Later Middle Ages
257
Evidence from the West Midlands
283
15 Were there any Capitalists in FifteenthCentury England?
305
Index
328
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Evidence from the Enforcement of the Labour Laws
167

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About the author (2001)


Christopher Dyer is Professor of Regional and¬ Local History at the University of Leicester. He is the author of Making a Living in the Middle Ages, and An Age of Transition?

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