By Rosemary Horrox, W. Mark Ormrod

What was once lifestyles relatively like in England within the later center a long time? This finished advent explores the total breadth of English existence and society within the interval 1200-1500. beginning with a survey of historiographical and demographic debates, the ebook then explores the important issues of later medieval society, together with the social hierarchy, existence in cities and the nation-state, non secular trust, and different types of person and collective identification. Clustered round those subject matters a sequence of authoritative essays enhance our knowing of different vital social and cultural beneficial properties of the interval, together with the adventure of warfare, paintings, legislations and order, early life and outdated age, ritual, commute and delivery, and the improvement of writing and examining. Written in an available and interesting demeanour through a global crew of prime students, this e-book is imperative either as an advent for college students and as a source for experts.

Show description

Read Online or Download A Social History of England, 1200-1500 PDF

Best middle ages books

Arts and Humanities through the Eras: Medieval Europe (814-1450)

Profiling milestones and activities within the arts, literature, tune and faith from a selected interval, each one quantity during this set is helping scholars and researchers comprehend many of the disciplines of the arts on the subject of one another, in addition to to heritage and tradition. an outline of the interval and a chronology of significant international occasions commence each one quantity.

Latin Sermon Collections from Later Medieval England: Orthodox Preaching in the Age of Wyclif (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature)

Just about all sermons have been written in Latin until eventually the Reformation. This scholarly examine describes and analyzes such collections of Latin sermons from the golden age of medieval preaching in England--the fourteenth and 15th centuries. Basing his stories at the extant manuscripts, Siegfried Wenzel analyzes their sermons and events.

Medieval Narrative: An Introduction

Medieval Narrative bargains scholars an advent to the variety of narrative genres and techniques of the medieval interval and explores the ways that medieval theories of narrative may be in comparison with modern-day theories. in the course of the textual content the writer attracts from quite a lot of examples, together with Chaucer's Canterbury stories, the Ancrene Wisse, and continental examples of medieval narrative similar to Boccaccio's Il Filostrato.


Unique book: 1994

A lady banished

Griffith, battle-seasoned warrior and the king'smost depended on emissary, anticipated to discover a shallow, useless, frivolous girl at Wenthaven fortress. finally, as lady-in-waiting to the queen, wonderful girl Marian have been ready of privilege, but she have been banished from the court docket. And the rumors have been that she had given start to an illegitimate child.

An outrageous offer

When he arrived, Griffith stumbled on woman Marian to be robust, clever and fiercely protecting of the younger child in her custody. .. . and extremely suspicious of him. If he have been shrewdpermanent, the knight could simply bring the message with which he were entrusted. in its place, he longs to linger to delve into the secret that's Marian, to find what she so desperately fears-and why he so improperly desires her.

Extra resources for A Social History of England, 1200-1500

Example text

In reality, there was much more certainty in peasant life – in the matters of tenure and services – than is implied here. Nonetheless, these beliefs were ideologically potent and had a general effect upon social attitudes. Freedom was by no means an abstraction. 4 These disabilities, moreover, were regarded by the royal courts as tests of villeinage. They included compulsory labour services performed by tenants on their lord’s demesne as a condition of tenure, and involved both weekly work and so-called boon works at peak times of the year.

Nevertheless, the impact of growing demand was also felt in arable production. In particular, the demand generated by the London market had a marked influence on the type of grains produced by manorial demesnes and upon the intensity of arable production methods, whilst the capital also made its influence felt on land use in terms of its demands for wood for fuel. Historians now emphasise the innovations made in this period in response to rising demand. New crops were introduced, such as vetches for fodder, and intensive cropping systems were adopted, as in east Norfolk.

This lack of demand was, in turn, based on the fact that medieval urban growth was rather limited, at least when compared to that of the early modern period when the massive expansion of London meant that much of England’s agriculture had to be reorganised to meet the capital’s appetite for food and raw materials. The problem facing pre-modern agricultural growth was thus one of a lack of incentives to produce, rather than of any inherent inability to match demand with supply. But why was urban demand so restricted within the medieval economy?

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.70 of 5 – based on 16 votes