Land and Family: Trends and Local Variations in the Peasant

Land Market on the Winchester Bishopric Estates, 1263-1415

Author(s): MULLAN, John BRITNELL, Richard
ISBN13/Barcode: 9781902806952

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“An impressive study. Its generalizations about broad patterns are compelling ... its local case studies enhance our understanding ... It should offer a welcome stimulus to research on the medieval peasant land market.” Agricultural History Review

Medieval peasant families are closely identified with the land to which they had a hereditary right, especially in periods of land scarcity. By contrast, historians in recent decades have become increasingly interested in the growing facility with which even servile tenants could exchange land, especially from the thirteenth century onwards.

This book concerns the tension between these contrasting trends in the study of village life, showing how they were affected by changes over time and place.

Unlike earlier studies of the peasant land market, which have mostly concentrated on individual manors, this study employs the vast amount of evidence available from the Winchester bishopric estates between 1263 and 1415.

It uses computerised technology to analyse 66,000 transactions across over 50 different manors ranging from Somerset to Surrey, and from Oxfordshire to Hampshire, providing unparalleled opportunities for comparing local and regional differences of experience.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9781902806952
ISBN10 1902806956
Author MULLAN, John BRITNELL, Richard
Binding Paperback
Date Published 1 Sep 2010
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 192
Publisher University of Hertfordshire Press

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