The Rural Economy of England (Google eBook)

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A&C Black, Jul 1, 1984 - History - 434 pages
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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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Contents

The Content and Sources of English Agrarian History after 1500
1
Sources of Information on Population 15001760
17
Unexplored Sources in Local Records
27
The Common Fields
35
The Origin of the Common Fields
59
Tudor Enclosures
65
The Sales of Royalist Land during the Interregnum
85
The Restoration Land Settlement
109
Industries in the Countryside
217
The Fantastical Folly of Fashion the English Stocking Knitting Industry 15001700
235
New Crops and their Diffusion TobaccoGrowing in SeventeenthCentury England
259
Projects for Gentlemen Jobs for the Poor Mutual Aid in the Vale of Tewkesbury 16001630
287
Stamford in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
309
The Family
327
Younger Sons in the Seventeenth Century
335
The European Debate on Customs of Inheritance 15001700
359

Farming in Kesteven 15401640
129
The Isle of Axholme before Vermuyden
149
Horn and Thorn in Staffordshire the Economy of a Pastoral County
163
SeventeenthCentury Agriculture and Social Change
183
Horses in Early Modern England for Service for Pleasure for Power
375
Index
403
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Joan Thirsk is the UK's leading historian of agriculture. She is the author of Alternative Agriculture: A History.

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