Beyond the Account Book: Changing the Countryside

Christopher Dyer

in A Country Merchant, 1495-1520

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199214242
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740954 | DOI:
Beyond the Account Book: Changing the Countryside

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This examines the wider implications of the production and sale of wool, by showing that the role of lords was weakened by the changes in estate management and population, though some efforts were made by them to create enclosed pastures. The peasants can be shown to be more self-confident, and they made changes to their farming techniques by converting land to pasture, constructing buildings, maintaining the disciplines of open-field agriculture, while planning some radical transformations of the fields. Labour was a continuing problem, though servants played an important part. A postscript looks at the evidence for growth and stagnation in the vicinity of Moreton in Marsh, and finds evidence for consumption and prosperity, but little sign of expansion, for example in industry.

Keywords: lords; estates; pastures; peasants; farm buildings; farming techniques; labour; servants; consumption; economic growth

Chapter.  19307 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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