The Rural Economy of England (Google eBook)
No one has done more to emphasise the significance of the land in early modern England that Joan Thirsk, whose writings are both an important contribution to its history and point the way for future research. The subjects of this collection include the origin and nature of the common fields, Tudor enclosures, the Commonwealth confiscation of Royalist land and its subsequent return after the Restoration, inheritance customs, and the role of industries in the rural economy, among them stocking knitting.
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The Common Fields
The Origin of the Common Fields
The Sales of Royalist Land during the Interregnum
The Restoration Land Settlement
Industries in the Countryside
The Fantastical Folly of Fashion the English Stocking Knitting Industry 15001700
New Crops and their Diffusion TobaccoGrowing in SeventeenthCentury England
Projects for Gentlemen Jobs for the Poor Mutual Aid in the Vale of Tewkesbury 16001630
Stamford in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Younger Sons in the Seventeenth Century
The European Debate on Customs of Inheritance 15001700
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