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This is the best book on the history of weights and measures that I have ever read. British weights and measures are important because they (and their American and Commonwealth cousins) are about the only non-metric units still in widespread use, including the American / British / International troy ounce. This book is extraordinarily well-researched, well-written, and a pleasure to read.
It does, unfortunately, suffer from the same problem as R D Connor's Weights and Measures of England, namely, a lack of reliability for events prior for about 1250-1300. One problem with English metrology is that reliable history, for the most part, only goes back about that far. Both Connor and Zupko have pet theories for events prior to that which they present as highly probable or nearly certain. Thus, everything prior to 1300 needs to be checked against other sources.
ROMAN ANGLOSAXON AND NORMAN LEGACIES
REFINEMENT AND PROLIFERATION
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