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The Decline of Serfdom in Late Medieval England - From Bondage to Freedom
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The Decline of Serfdom and its Historical Significance The Chronology of Decline: Villein Tenures The Chronology of Decline: Servile Incidents The Causes of Decline Reassessing the Decline of Serfdom: Method and Sources Walsham-le-Willows Merton College, Oxford Aldham Tingewick and Upper Heyford The Abbot of Bury St Edmunds The Dukes of Norfolk Miscellaneous Manors The Chronology of the Decline of Serfdom From Bondage to Freedom: Towards a Reassessment Appendix: List of original sources used in this study Bibliography

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A powerful corrective to assumed narratives of the decline of serfdom..It is admirably well organized and clearly written, and lends itself to a range of audiences. * HISTORY *
This excellent study is an exemplar of qualitatively sensitive, quantitative history at its best. [It] is one of those rare works that demands that textbooks be rewritten or discarded. * PARERGON *
Systematic, lucid and representing a monumental archival effort, his book offers a compelling new thesis on the chronology and causes of the end of serfdom, while also managing to reflect on the longer-term implications of that transformation....The result is a landmark in the historiography of English rural society. * ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW *
[This book] presents an innovative reconsideration, questionin many of the traditional views on the economy and society of late medieval England and on the character of serfdom. . . . [I]t contributes to the long-debated question of why England pioneered in the transition from feudalism to capitalism. * THE HISTORIAN *
This book would work wonderfully in either advanced undergraduate or graduate surveys that cover peasant economies after the Black Death, and will likely be the standard textbook on the decline of serfdom in medieval England for years to come. * COMITATUS *
In a subject prone to sensationalism and theoretical constructs, [Bailey] sets out the historical evidence and conclusions to be drawn from it with great clarity and is concerned at all times with norms rather than exceptions. * AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW *
Original, thoroughly data-based, and likely to set the terms of conversation for some time. * SEHEPUNKTE.DE *
Anyone looking for a reliable survey of recent work on late medieval agrarian history will find this part of the book well worth reading. The book's organizing principles are admirably clear from beginning to end and the writing is direct and lucid. * THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW *
Bailey's arguments are carefully constructed and powerfully put, and are bound to spark lively debate within the academic community. This makes his book one of the most important contributions to late medieval historiography for many years. * SUFFOLK INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY *
Historians of late medieval England have been waiting for a comprehensive history such as this. . . . Bailey challenges existing views on the timing and course of serfdom's decline, linking the economic and personal transformations in the later medieval period to trends found in recent works on the early modern economy. * JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES *

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