This collection of essays by many of the leading scholars of the medieval English economy focuses on one of the most fascinating periods in English social and economic history and provides a worthy tribute to the pioneering work of John Hatcher in this field.
The arrival of the Black Death in England, which killed around a half of the national population, marks the beginning of one of the most fascinating, controversial and important periods of English social and economic history. This collection of essays on English society and economy in the later Middle Ages provides a worthy tribute to the pioneering work of John Hatcher in this field. With contributions from many of the most eminent historians of the English economy in the later Middle Ages, the volume includes discussions of population, agriculture, the manor, village society, trade, and industry. The book’s chapters offer original reassessments of key topics such as the impact of the Black Death on population and its effects on agricultural productivity and estate management. A number of its studies open up new areas of research, including the demography of coastal communities and the role of fairs in the late medieval economy, whilst others explore the problems of evidence for mortality rates or for change within the village community. Bringing together broad surveys of change and local case studies based on detailed archival research, the book’s chapters offer an assessment of previous work in the field and suggest a number of new directions for scholarship in this area.
Part I. The Medieval Demographic System
New Perspectives in Medieval Demography:The Medieval Demographic System
Measuring Adult Mortality in an Age of Plague: England, 1349–1540
Richard M. Smith
The Demography of Maritime Communities in Late Medieval England
Part II . Landlords and Peasants
Grain Yields on English Demesnes after the Black Death
Bruce M. S. Campbell
Risk and Capital Formation: Seigneurial Investment in an Age of Adversity
The Black Death and its Immediate Aftermath: Crisis and Change in the Fenland Economy, 1346–1353
Court Rolls as Evidence for Village Society: Sutton-in-the-Isle in the Fourteenth Century
Erin McGibbon Smith
The Arundell Estates and the Regional Economy in Fifteenth-Century Cornwall
The Late Medieval Decline of English Demesne Agriculture: Demographic, Monetary, and Political-Fiscal Factors
Part III. Trade and Industry
Selling Food and Drink in the Aftermath of the Black Death
The Role of Fairs in Late Medieval England
John S. Lee
The Coal Industry in the Later Middle Ages: The Bishop of Durham’s Estates
Richard H. Britnell
"This collection of essays is a noteworthy and welcome contribution to this debate and forms a fitting Festschrift for such a pioneering figure in the study of the economic and social history of medieval England."
Dr Alex Brown, University of Durham in: Reviews in History, December 2012