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Life in Medieval Landscapes

Life in Medieval Landscapes presents new studies on key themes in the economic and social history of the medieval landscape. The book draws together papers by medieval historians and archaeologists, with contributions by leading scholars in each field. The first part explores the nature of landscape regions in Britain and Ireland. Chapters explore the use and experience of different types of landscapes including marshlands, uplands, woodland and woodpasture. The papers analyse a wide variety of sources from detailed archival work on medieval records to place-names, archaeological survey and the study of veteran trees. A particular theme in several papers is the exploration of social, economic and spatial marginality. The second part presents new studies of labour and lordship. The contributions focus on medieval England, including aspects of the land market before the Black Death, the organisation of village communities, and how changing settlements related to demography and occupations. There is a particular focus on understanding the lives of peasants and labourers. The main themes of the book reflect the interests of Professor Harold Fox, whose death in 2007 was marked by a number of conferences in different parts of the UK. The papers in this volume have been offered by Harold's colleagues, friends and former research students as a tribute to his work. They showcase some of the best research in the fields of medieval landscape and social history. Contributors include Chris Dyer, Bruce Campbell, Andrew Fleming, Della Hooke, Jem Harrison, Ros Faith, Peter Herring, Mark Gardiner, Angus Winchester, Andrew Jackson, Alan Fox, Mark Page, Mike Thompson, Mike Thornton, Matt Tompkins, Penelope Upton and Richard Jones.
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Table of Contents

Preface (Sam Turner and Bob Silvester) Introductions 1. Harold Fox as historical geographer: a personal appreciation (Bruce M. S. Campbell) 2. Harold Fox: his contribution to our understanding of the past (Christopher Dyer) Landscape Regions 3. Working with wood-pasture (Andrew Fleming) 4. `Weald-baere & swina maest': wood-pasture in early medieval England (Della Hooke) 5. Brent's waterways, walls and works, c. twelfth-fourteenth centuries (Jem Harrison) 6. Some Devon farms before the Norman Conquest (Rosamond Faith) 7. Shadows of ghosts: early medieval transhumants in Cornwall (Peter Herring) 8. Time regained: booley huts and seasonal settlement in the Mourne Mountains, County Down, Ireland (Mark Gardiner) 9. Seasonal settlement in northern England: shieling place-names revisited (Angus J. L. Winchester) 10. The significance of the Devon country house: the end of the medieval and medieval revivalism (Andrew Jackson) 11. Regional differentiation in farming terminology, 1500-1720 (Alan Fox) Labour and Lordship 12. The smallholders of Southampton Water: the peasant land market on a Hampshire manor before the Black Death (Mark Page) 13. Peasant names on Glastonbury Abbey's Polden Hills manors between 1189-1352: some straws in a wind of change (Mike Thompson) 14. Lord's man or community servant? The role, status and allegiance of village haywards in fifteenth-century Northamptonshire (Mike Thornton) 15. Counting houses: using the housing structure of a late medieval manor to illuminate population, landholding and occupational structure (Matt Tompkins) 16. The demesne and its labour force in the early Middle Ages: a Warwickshire case study (Penelope Upton) 17. Thinking through the manorial affix: people and place in medieval England (Richard Jones) Bibliography 18. H. S. A. Fox: published works (Graham Jones)


'All in all, this is a fascinating collection of studies across a wide range of fields within medieval social and economic history, historical geography, landscape archaeology and settlement studies. The recurrent emphasis on human communities and their interaction with the physical and social environment is well reflected in the volume's title, settlements, farms, fields and woods being shown as the stage for human activity as well as the products of that activity. As such it both forms a fitting tribute to Harold Fox, and makes an important contribution to many debates and areas of active research.' -- Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Newsletter Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Newsletter 'This wide-ranging set of essays is fitting tribute to Fox's longstanding interest in transhumance.' -- Agricultural History Agricultural History a valuable collection of papers, not least for non-British readers who here get an introduction to several aspects of this lively scholarly field. -- European Journal of Archaeology European Journal of Archaeology

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