Making a Living in the Middle Ages: The People of Britain 850-1520

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Yale University Press, Aug 1, 2003 - History - 403 pages
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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 economic history, Christopher Dyer provides a new account of British medieval life from the Viking invasions through the Norman conquest to the colonial expansion of the sixteenth century.
  

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Dyer's economic history of Medieval Britain offers a high-level account of the transformation of systems of production and exchange during the Middle Ages. Drawing upon illustrative demographic ... Read full review

Contents

Living on the land C850C1050
13
ii Expansion
17
iii Estates and lords
26
iv Peasants
35
Crisis and new directions C850C1050
43
ii The growth of the state
50
iii The origins of towns
58
Conquest C1050C1100
71
iv Techniques of trade and manufacture
212
v Urban government
218
vi Towns in a feudal economy
225
Crisis C1290C1350
228
ii Contraction and change
236
iii Historical debate
246
iv Crisis in Scotland
251
v Explanations
254

ii New aristocracy
80
iii England in 1086
91
Expansion and crisis C1100C1350
101
Lords C11ooC1315
106
ii Managing the estate
119
iii Lords and peasants
137
iv Lords and towns
145
v Knights and gentry
147
vi Aristocratic achievement?
152
Peasants C1100C1315
155
ii Peasants and their holdings
160
iii Peasants and the market
163
iv Peasants and lords
178
v Individuals and communities
183
Towns and commerce C1100C1315
187
ii The urban environment
197
iii Urban occupations
201
Making a new world C1350C1520
265
The Black Death and its aftermath C1348C1520
271
ii Low population C1348C1400
278
iii Revolts
286
iv The economy C1348C14oo
293
Towns trade and industry C1350C1520
298
ii Urban economies
313
iii Consumers
322
iv Old and new
327
The countryside C135OC1520
330
ii Gentry
340
iii farmers
346
iv Peasants
349
Conclusion
363
Further reading
366
Index
390
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