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A Social History of England : A Social History of England, 1200-1500 - Rosemary Horrox

A Social History of England

A Social History of England, 1200-1500

By: Rosemary Horrox (Editor), W. Mark Ormrod (Editor)


Published: 10th August 2006
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What was life really like in England in the later Middle Ages? This comprehensive introduction explores the full breadth of English life and society in the period 1200-1500. Opening with a survey of historiographical and demographic debates, the book then explores the central themes of later medieval society, including the social hierarchy, life in towns and the countryside, religious belief, and forms of individual and collective identity. Clustered around these themes a series of authoritative essays develop our understanding of other important social and cultural features of the period, including the experience of war, work, law and order, youth and old age, ritual, travel and transport, and the development of writing and reading. Written in an accessible and engaging manner by an international team of leading scholars, this book is indispensable both as an introduction for students and as a resource for specialists.

"Not only historians but also anthropologists and social scientists will find A Social History of England relevant and engaging...a vivid narrative about the subtle and complex ways that medieval people-from the thirteenth century until the eye of the reformation-accommodated change, ordered and re-ordered social relations, clung to old ways of thinking or altered them, created new values, negotiated economic and institutional constraints, and ultimately contributed to broader discussions of religion, nationality, individualism, ritual, civic ceremony, self identity, and community." Elaine Clark, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

List of illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. viii
List of contributorsp. x
List of abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction: Social structure and economic change in late medieval Englandp. 1
An age of deferencep. 31
The enterprise of warp. 74
Order and lawp. 91
Social mobilityp. 113
Town lifep. 134
The landp. 179
A consumer economyp. 238
Moving aroundp. 260
Work and leisurep. 276
Religious beliefp. 293
A magic universep. 340
Renunciationp. 356
Ritual constructions of societyp. 369
Identitiesp. 383
Life and death: the ages of manp. 413
The wider worldp. 435
Writing and readingp. 454
Conclusionp. 473
Further readingp. 480
Indexp. 505
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ISBN: 9780521789547
ISBN-10: 0521789540
Series: A Social History of England
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 10th August 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.7