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Britain and Ireland, 1050-1530


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Introduction Preliminaries 1: Material resources and economic constraints 2: Culture and economic constraints 3: Power and economic constraints 4: Contours of development 5: Britain and Ireland in the later eleventh century 1050 - 1300 6: Merchants and their trade 7: Towns, industry and local trade 8: Rural settlement and society 9: Arable husbandry 10: Pasture husbandry 11: Lords and tenants 12: Government 13: Procedural routines and the uses of literacy 14: Stability and Crisis 15: Britain and Ireland in the early fourteenth century 1300 - 1530 16: Merchants and their trade 17: Towns, industry and local trade 18: Rural settlement and society 19: Arable husbandry 20: Pastoral husbandry 21: Landlords and tenants 22: Government 23: Procedural routines and the uses of literacy 24: Stability and Crisis 25: Britain and Ireland in the early sixteenth century Bibliography of primary sources Index

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Richard Britnell is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Durham. He has written extensively on this period of British history.


...a superb textbook covering the economy of the British Isles from 1050 to 1530...What makes this book so valuable [...is] its comprehensiveness and sure-footed approach throughout...the book is likely to be the standard work on the topic for many years to come...a tour de force of intelligent assessment and penetrating insight. John Langdon, University of Alberta By any standard, this book is an impressive achievement ... this book is the definitive statement of our times about those more distant times. H.B. Clarke, The Ricardian This important book represents the first meaningful attempt to provide an overview of the economy and society in Britain and Ireland during the middle ages. The English Historical Review

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