The English Economy from Bede to the Reformation by A. R. Bridbury

By A. R. Bridbury

This ebook includes a variety of articles on social and financial issues which variety from a dialogue of 7th-century social stipulations to a attention of 16th-century farming tools. there's an editorial on what the Domesday booklet was once designed to bare, a attention of the workings of the manor within the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, an research of the industrial results of the Black demise, and an account of the expansion of city prosperity within the fifteenth century.

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This assessment Dr Langdon has recently described as 'probably the worst of the early assessments in regard to reliability'. J. Langdon, Horses, Oxen and Technological Innovation (Cambridge, 1986), p. 185. The other is the Fifteenth of 1225 for the rural deanery of Chalke, Wiltshire. This return tells us about the demesne lands and villeins of the religious with property in that area. See F. A. and A. P. Cazel, eds, Rolls of the Fifteenth, Pipe Roll Society, vol. , vol. xlv (19767), p. viii. Consequently it tells us nothing about the free tenants of the religious.

Nor can we doubt that productivity did rise. In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries markets proliferated, towns multiplied and ex- 19 See below, 'Before the Black Death', for the analysis upon which this statement is based. Postan argued forcefully, on many occasions, that the peasantry was increasingly starved of livestock in the thirteenth century. , vol. xv (1962). This study depends almost entirely upon two taxation records. One is the Thirteenth of 1283 for the Hundred of Blackbourne, Suffolk, which he regarded as 'the most important of the assessments to be tested' (p.

We cannot possibly tell how widespread servicetenancy was in those early years of Anglo-Saxon settlement. Ine's response to the problem with which he was asked to deal certainly suggests that service-tenancy was a familiar element in the early Anglo-Saxon agrarian scene. Was it even more familiar to the medieval agrarian scene? Norman terminology has done its best to make us think so by calling every Anglo-Saxon estate a manor and thus conveying the entirely false impression that an institution with an immense variety of forms was nevertheless, in essential respects, uniform.

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