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A Rural Society after the Black Death
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  • Page extent: 348 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.533 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521531276 | ISBN-10: 0521531276)

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  • Published January 2004

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A Rural Society after the Black Death is a study of rural social structure in the English county of Essex between 1350 and 1500. It seeks to understand how, in the population collapse after the Black Death (1348–1349), a particular economic environment affected ordinary people's lives in the areas of migration, marriage and employment, and also contributed to patterns of religious nonconformity, agrarian riots and unrest, and even rural housing. The period under scrutiny is often seen as a transitional era between 'medieval' and 'early-modern' England, but in the light of recent advances in English historical demography, this study suggests that there was more continuity than change in some critically important aspects of social structure in the region in question. Among the most important contributions of the book are its use of an unprecedentedly wide range of original manuscript records (estate and manorial records, taxation and criminal-court records, royal tenurial records, and the records of church courts, wills etc.) and its application of current quantitative and comparative demographic methods.


List of figures; List of tables; Preface; Abbreviations; 1. Reflections on a transitional era; 2. Country-dwellers, common folk and craftsmen; 3. The total sum of all persons; 4. While it is so forward between us; 5. She came that day seeking service; 6. Beware of such holy men; 7. Synthesis; Bibliography; Index.

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