The Agrarian History of England and Wales: 1042-1350, edited by H.E. Hallam

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H. E. Hallam, Joan Thirsk, H. P. R. Finberg
Cambridge University Press, 1988 - Business & Economics - 1086 pages
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This 1988 volume deals with the agrarian history of England and Wales from the beginning of the reign of Edward the Confessor to the outbreak of the Black Death in 1348. It divides the counties into regions and deals with each under the headings of new settlements, agriculture and pastoralism (crops and stock), yield ratios and techniques (including field systems, crop nutrition and drainage). There are also sections on the Late Saxon period, Domesday England, wages and prices, vernacular architecture, and the life of the people. The volume as a whole offers a detailed description of trends, both economic and social, between 1042 and 1350 and of the complexities of an economy and society split into many and various sub-economies and sub-societies, all very different from one another but closely knit and interdependent.
  

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Contents

England before the Norman Conquest
1
The free rural population in 1086
10
Goats
32
Introduction
45
Agricultural Resources and Livestock
121
Payments for pannage and grazing of pigs in Domesday
129
Conclusion
136
Four generations of assarts in Northamptonshire
199
B Southeastern England
621
The East Midlands
634
Southern England
650
E The West Midlands
660
F Southwestern England
675
G Northern England
685
H Wales and the Marches
699
A Longterm movements page
716

Southern England page
203
E The West Midlands
224
F Southwestern England
234
G Northern England
245
New settlement placenames first recorded 10871349
254
H Wales and the Marches
260
31S New settlement placenames in Shropshire and Herefordshire
263
CHAPTER 4
272
B Southeastern England
312
The East Midlands 520
325
The East Midlands
330
Southern England
341
Southern England 5 24
347
E The West Midlands
369
F Southwestern England
383
G Northern England
399
H Wales and the Marches
412
CHAPTER 3
434
Drainage Techniques
497
New Settlement
515
The East Midlands
521
E The West Midlands
528
H Wales and the Marches
534
174
559
CHAPTER 6
594
yields and prices
733
Livestock prices
745
Prices of wool cheese and salt
755
F The cost of living
773
G Statistical appendix
779
A Sale prices of major grains and legumes 1165613556
787
CHAPTER 8
818
B The Workers Diet
825
The Peasants View of his Lot
845
CHAPTER 9
854
B Manors
861
Granges
888
Peasant houses
898
E Priests houses
915
F Industry page
920
Wales
931
Granges
946
E Houses of the Clergy
958
Conclusion
965
A Population and landholding page
966
B Conclusion
1002
Bibliography
1009
Index of place names
1031
General index
1073
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About the author (1988)

Joan Thirsk (CBE, FBA), was Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford from 1965-1983, and is currently President of the British Agricultural History Society.

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