Deserted Villages Revisited

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Christopher Dyer, Richard Jones
Univ of Hertfordshire Press, 2010 - History - 160 pages
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Assembling leading experts on the subject, this account explores the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of thousands of villages and smaller settlements in England and Wales between 1340 and 1750. By revisiting the deserted villages, this breakthrough study addresses questions that have plagued archaeologists, geographers, and historians since the 1940s--including why they were deserted, why some villages survived while others were abandoned, and who was responsible for their desertion--offering a series of exciting insights into the fate of these fascinating sites.
 

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Contents

social dislocation and desertion 13701520
28
Dr Hoskins I presume Field visits in the footsteps of a pioneer
46
archaeological evidence for variation
64
Deserted medieval villages and the objects from them
85
The desertion of Wharram Percy village and its wider context
109
depopulation among dispersed settlements
140
the archaeology of emparked settlements
162
estate map of 1652
166
in the past the present and the future
182
Index
201
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Christopher Dyer is the Professor of Regional and Local History And The head of the Center for English Local History at the University of Leicester. Richard Jones is a lecturer in landscape history at the University of Leicester. He previously worked For The Sussex Archaeological Society and For The University of Cardiff.

Richard Jones is the author of several books of poems, including THE CORRECT SPELLING AND EXACT MEANING (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), APROPOS OF NOTHING (Copper Canyon Press, 2006), THE STONE IT LIVES ON (Adastra Press, 2000), A PERFECT TIME (Copper Canyon Press, 1994), and AT LAST WE ENTER PARADISE (Copper Canyon Press, 1991). Anthologized in Garrison Keillor's Good Poems and Billy Collins's Poetry 180, his poems have been featured on National Public Radio, BBC Radio, and The Writer's Almanac. He is a professor of English and the director of Creative Writing at DePaul University and the founding editor of the literary magazine Poetry East.

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