Medieval England: Towns, Commerce, and Crafts 1086-1348

Medieval England: Towns, Commerce, and Crafts 1086-1348

Medieval England: Towns, Commerce, and Crafts 1086-1348

Medieval England: Towns, Commerce, and Crafts 1086-1348

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This book is intended as a complement to Medieval England: Rural Society and Economic Change, 1086-1348, even though other inescapable commitments have meant that it appears more tardily than we had hoped. Since each volume is designed to be read independently there are some overlaps between the two volumes and, in particular, the final chapter of the present volume seeks to present some general conclusions about the character and achievements of the medieval English economy. As in the earlier volume we have located places in the historic counties or other English districts; and we have used the medieval monetary system and medieval measures, although we have thought it wise to include brief notes on both. In the preparation of this volume we have accumulated many obligations. We are indebted to Catherine E. Byfield for turning our drafts into acceptable copy, and to the help given to us by the staff of Longman Higher Education. As in the first volume the notes and bibliography, as well as indicating to the reader a sample of the relevant source material which is available, point (although less than completely) to the debts we have incurred to very many scholars who have laboured in this field. In a few cases our debt is particularly extensive. One of us, over a period of many years, has enjoyed intermittent opportunities of discussing some of the matters treated here with three friends -- Rodney Hilton, Edmund Fryde and the late David Farmer; and the other has benefited from the ability to share ideas with Mark Bailey. We have long realised that our enquiries in many respects were taking a parallel course to those engaging Richard Britnell. It was some relief to find, when his Commercialisation of English Society was published, that his findings did not seriously diverge from our own and that its . . .

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