A Social History of England, 900–1200

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Julia Crick, Elisabeth van Houts
Cambridge University Press, Apr 21, 2011 - History
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The years between 900 and 1200 saw transformative social change in Europe, including the creation of extensive town-dwelling populations and the proliferation of feudalised elites and bureaucratic monarchies. In England these developments were complicated and accelerated by repeated episodes of invasion, migration and changes of regime. In this book, scholars from disciplines including history, archaeology and literature reflect on the major trends which shaped English society in these years of transition and select key themes which encapsulate the period. The authors explore the landscape of England, its mineral wealth, its towns and rural life, the health, behaviour and obligations of its inhabitants, patterns of spiritual and intellectual life and the polyglot nature of its population and culture. What emerges is an insight into the complexity, diversity and richness of this formative period of English history.
 

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Contents

Introduction I
1
Land use and people
15
Frontispiece Horse harness pendants c 1200
39
Urban castles at York and Nottingham
192
11a The ship list of William the Conqueror
212
16a Burial casket of Gundrada of Warenne
305
A late eleventhcentury herbal produced at the abbey
398
Glossary
412
Time line poo1200
420
Further reading
427
Index 445
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Julia Crick is Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Exeter. Her research interests include property, power and gender before 1100, aspects of palaeography and the transmission of texts in the Middle Ages, monastic culture and the uses of the past. Her publications include The Uses of Script and Print, 1200–1700, edited with Alexandra Walsham (2004), and Charters of St Albans (2007).

Elizabeth van Houts is Lecturer in Medieval History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. She has published extensively on Anglo-Norman history and the history of gender in the Middle Ages. Her recent publications include Exile in the Middle Ages (2004), with Laura Napran, and Medieval Writings on Lay Women in the Middle Ages (2011), with Patricia Skinner.

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