New PDF release: A Social History of England, 1200-1500

By Rosemary Horrox, W. Mark Ormrod

ISBN-10: 0521789540

ISBN-13: 9780521789547

What was once existence quite like in England within the later center a while? This complete advent explores the total breadth of English existence and society within the interval 1200-1500. beginning with a survey of historiographical and demographic debates, the publication then explores the relevant subject matters of later medieval society, together with the social hierarchy, lifestyles in cities and the nation-state, non secular trust, and kinds of person and collective identification. Clustered round those subject matters a chain of authoritative essays improve our knowing of alternative vital social and cultural positive aspects of the interval, together with the adventure of struggle, paintings, legislations and order, early life and outdated age, ritual, go back and forth and delivery, and the improvement of writing and studying. Written in an obtainable and interesting demeanour by way of a global crew of prime students, this publication is vital either as an advent for college kids and as a source for experts.

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Vavasour was a term current in thirteenth-century England to denote a substantial landowner within the counties. Its use by Bracton partly reflects this author’s orientation towards service to the king, for some of these men were employed intermittently on judicial and other royal commissions. There was certainly a perception that this should be so. But Bracton was expressing theory more than reality, for in practice the king called upon whomever he chose. In 1258 the Provisions of Oxford demanded of the king that sheriffs should be vavasours of the counties they administered, rather than courtiers or professional administrators.

In French vernacular sources we find dan (from Latin dominus) or sire (from Latin senior) applied to men, and dame (from Latin domina) applied to women. Jordan de Fantosme, who wrote a verse chronicle of the war between England and Scotland in 1173–4, refers to many of the actors, most of them magnates, as dan. By this time, however, the greatest men were coming to be addressed by the new title of messire, ‘my lord’, in place of sire or dan, perhaps because the latter had become more widely diffused.

In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, agrarian society was being increasingly integrated into a market economy. On the one hand, particularly from c. 1180, the landlords adopted direct management of their demesnes so as to produce grain, wool and livestock for the market. On the other hand, even the meanest peasant-producers were obliged to sell grain and cash crops, such as wool, in order to pay their money rents, manorial fines and royal taxes. Literally thousands of weekly markets were formally recognised in the period 1200 to 1349, so that most villages would have had access to at least two or three nearby markets.

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