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Medieval England : A Social History 1250-1550 - PJP Goldberg

Medieval England

A Social History 1250-1550

Paperback Published: 1st January 2005
ISBN: 9780340577455
Number Of Pages: 352

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To ask what life was like in the Middle Ages, how people related to one another, how people made a living, how children were brought up to become adults, or what people knew and what they thought, is to pose the most difficult questions. These are the very questions Medieval England addresses. It introduces us to the richness of the documentary (and non-documentary) evidence that survives, but at the same time alerts us to some of the enigmas that this evidence contains. All too often the medieval social past has been explored as an adjunct to high politics. This book places ordinary men and women, for whom the politics of the manor, the village or the borough were often far more real and pressing, at centre stage. It engages with questions relating to the various structures of society, be they social hierarchy, household and family, guild or confraternity, parish or manor, lay or clergy. It considers also the ways in which age, gender, and marital status shaped people's lives. Above all, in this period punctuated by the ravages of the Black Death, by profound social unrest and religious upheaval, it locates these concerns within the context of change over time.

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"Over the past twenty years, Jeremy Goldberg has significantly altered our understanding of the social history of later medieval England. His work has been consistently characterized by its subtlety and intelligence, its deep understanding of the limitations and possibilities of the surviving sources, and its unwavering attention to the centrality of gender to late-medieval society. With this new textbook, Goldberg places his ideas into the larger patterns of English social history in the centuries before and after the plague." --Speculum

The structures of society
Gender and hierachyp. 3
Family and householdp. 13
Manor and boroughp. 29
Church and parishp. 52
Guild and fraternityp. 59
The people
Counting headsp. 71
Husbandmen and labourersp. 88
Merchants, artisans and labourersp. 100
Lords, knights, esquires and gentlemenp. 114
Clerks, clerics, ecclesiastics and the religiousp. 125
The dynamics of a pre-industrial economy
The years of hunger, 1250-1348p. 147
The Black Death and its aftermath, 1348-1381p. 161
The peasants' revolt, 1381p. 174
Diversity and adaptation, 1382-1450p. 186
Stagnation and inflation, 1450-1550p. 200
The dynamics of later medieval culture
Devotion before the break with Romep. 221
Devotion under the Henrician reformationp. 238
The search for orderp. 248
Learning and literacyp. 261
Cultural productionp. 270
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ISBN: 9780340577455
ISBN-10: 0340577452
Series: Hodder Arnold Publication
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st January 2005
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1