By Rosemary Horrox, W. Mark Ormrod
What was once existence fairly like in England within the later heart a while? This finished advent explores the whole breadth of English lifestyles and society within the interval 1200-1500. establishing with a survey of historiographical and demographic debates, the ebook then explores the critical issues of later medieval society, together with the social hierarchy, existence in cities and the geographical region, spiritual trust, and types of person and collective id. Clustered round those subject matters a chain of authoritative essays increase our realizing of alternative very important social and cultural good points of the interval, together with the adventure of struggle, paintings, legislation and order, formative years and previous age, ritual, shuttle and delivery, and the advance of writing and analyzing. Written in an available and fascinating demeanour by means of a global workforce of major students, this ebook is quintessential either as an advent for college kids and as a source for experts.
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Medieval lords could be decidedly touchy where their honour was concerned. This is seen in periodic tussles over the right to a particular coat of arms.
In dispute with the tenants of two of his manors over their traditional remission from servile work on feast days, he finally allowed them just 9 10 11 Crouch, Image of Aristocracy, p. 153. M. Camille, Mirror in Parchment: the Luttrell Psalter and the making of medieval England (1998), p. 221. Westminster Abbey Muniments 27116. I am most grateful to Barbara Harvey for this reference. An age of deference 39 two days off at each of the festivals of Christmas, Easter and Whitsun. As a good-will gesture, in 1321, he offered to forgo the money that they owed him as a result of the dispute.
38 Early critics of the Malthusian approach to economic change, such as Russell and Harvey, centred their attacks on Malthusian claims about the impoverishment of the English peasantry in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Yet, for all the criticisms of Malthusianism offered in recent work, a pessimism about the condition of much of the English peasantry at this date still seems plausible. As population grew, more and more of the rural population was made up of smallholders without sufficient land for subsistence and who were forced to offer their labour for declining real wages.