A Social History of England, 1200–1500

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  • Copyright: 2006-08-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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What was life really like in England in the later Middle Ages� This comprehensive introduction explores the full breadth of English life and society in the period 1200-1500. Opening with a survey of historiographical and demographic debates, the book then explores the central themes of later medieval society, including the social hierarchy, life in towns and the countryside, religious belief, and forms of individual and collective identity. Clustered around these themes a series of authoritative essays develop our understanding of other important social and cultural features of the period, including the experience of war, work, law and order, youth and old age, ritual, travel and transport, and the development of writing and reading. Written in an accessible and engaging manner by an international team of leading scholars, this book is indispensable both as an introduction for students and as a resource for specialists.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: social structure and economic change in late medieval England S. H. Rigby
2. An age of deference Peter Coss
3. The enterprise of war Michael Prestwich
4. Order and law Simon Walker
5. Social mobility Philippa C. Maddern
6. Town life Richard Britnell
7. The land Bruce M. S. Campbell
8. A consumer economy Maryanne Kowaleski
9. Moving around Wendy R. Childs
10. Work and leisure Mavis E. Mate
11. Religious belief Eamon Duffy
12. A magic universe Valerie I. J. Flint
13. Renunciation Janet Burton
14. Ritual constructions of society Charles Phythian-Adams
15. Identities Miri Rubin
16. Life and death: the ages of man P. J. P. Goldberg
17. The wider world Robin Frame
18. Writing and reading Paul Strohm
19. Conclusion Rosemary Horrox
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