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By Christopher Dyer

ISBN-10: 0198221665

ISBN-13: 9780198221661

Christopher Dyer examines the transition within the economic system and society of britain among 1250 and 1550. utilizing new resources of facts, he demonstrates that very important structural adjustments after 1350 equipped at the advertisement development of the 13th century. He indicates that improvement of person estate, reaction to new intake styles, and use of credits and funding, got here from the peasantry instead of the aristocracy. An Age of Transition?, an important new paintings by means of a best medievalist, unearths how England was once set heading in the right direction to develop into the 'first business nation'.

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HR 46 (1993), 266–79; their impact on trade is discussed in B. M. S. 1300, Historical Geography Research Series, 30 (1993), 60–3. 59 Dyer, ‘Small Places’, 1–24. ’ 61 Britnell, ‘Specialization of Work’. 62 Now we know that this figure was reached, and in some localities exceeded, not on the eve of industrialization, but well before 1500. A degree of compulsion lay behind some of the increase in volume and liveliness of the exchange of goods and services. Some historians would say that peasants were forced into the market-place because lords insisted that rents be paid in cash, and the state collected taxes in money.

S. Campbell and M. 1850’, P&P 141 (1994), 69–75. 67 D. Stone, ‘Farm Management and Agricultural Mentalities on the Demesne of Wisbech Barton in the Fourteenth and Early Fifteenth Centuries’, in Economic History Society, New Researchers’ Papers (Oxford, 1999), 106–7. ), Lay Subsidy, 36–7. 69 Some differences in wealth stemmed from variations in the size of families, or their position in their life-cycle. A peasant blessed with two strong teenage sons would have an advantage over a widow. Differences in skill in responding to the demand for produce, both by the male head of the household and his wife, who often had frequent contacts with the market through the sale of ale, dairy produce, and garden crops, would also have played a part in creating the hierarchy of wealth in the village.

Carus-Wilson, ‘The Woollen Industry’, in M. M. Postan and E. ), The Cambridge Economic History of Europe, vol. II, 2nd edn. (Cambridge, 1987), 674–90. 1500. The structural changes also altered the politics within society. The lords were weakened. Under pressure from the shortage of labour and tenants, and lower prices of the grain and wool on their estates, they abandoned direct management of agriculture, by leasing their demesnes. They also saw their jurisdictional power over peasants eroded, as serfdom withered away and private courts lost much power.

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