By the time of the Roman invasion of AD43 the landscape of Britain had already undergone a long history of change and development and was 'littered with the remains of ancestral farmers'. This book, which is a sequel to Fowler's The Farming of Prehistoric Britain (Cambridge UP 1983), presents an agrarian history of Britain (excluding Ireland) from AD43 to c.AD 1000. Based on a wealth of primary material he looks at the land, farms, fields, technology, food and diet, arable and livestock and rural society, and studies how Britain coped with changes such as an increasing population, the more widespread introduction of coinage, the opening up of new markets, and having a huge army to feed. A well-written authoritative study aimed at students and the general reader.
'... a welcome sequel to Peter Fowler's (1983) classic earlier work, The Farming of Prehistoric Britain ... A particular strength is the discussion of hunter-gatherer strategies in a world of farmers, with effective case studies ...' Antiquity '... the read becomes compulsory ... the author succeeds in his intention to provide a survey, especially welcome for its British perspective, aimed at general readers and students, and it is written in a way that should stimulate further reading ... The book will continue to be used and argued about for a considerable time.' Landscape History