Thorps in a Changing Landscape

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Univ of Hertfordshire Press, Mar 1, 2011 - History - 192 pages
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Considering the minor settlements of England's Danelaw--villages known as thorps or throps--this history demonstrates how place-name evidence can be used to understand early cultures. By integrating linguistic and archaeological approaches, it establishes a compelling connection between the creation of these place-names and the fundamental changes taking place in the English landscape between AD 850 and 1250. The integral role of thorps in revolutionizing agricultural practice at that time is thoroughly analyzed.
 

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Contents

Establishing the corpus
18
Danelaw thorps
37
English throps
62
the archaeological evidence
85
Thorps in the landscape
110
against various soils
131
a hypothesis and its wider implications
139
Throp in AngloSaxon glosses
157
Bibliography
203
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Paul Cullen is a research fellow in the Institute of Name-Studies at the University of Nottingham. He is editor of the English Place-Names Survey of Kent and a consulting editor of the Journal of the English Place-Names Society. Richard Jones is a lecturer in landscape history in the Center for English Local History at the University of Leicester. He is the coauthor of Medieval Villages in an English Landscape: Beginnings and Ends And The coeditor of Deserted Villages Revisited. David Parsons is Reader in Name-Studies and director of the Institute of Name-Studies at the University of Nottingham. He is also Deputy Director of the Survey of English Place-Names and English Place-Names Survey editor for Suffolk.

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.

David Parsons has lectured in both further and higher education, and is currently teaching and researching at the Institute of Information and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand.

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