Medieval Suffolk: An Economic and Social History, 1200-1500

Mark Bailey

A comprehensive survey of the economy and society of late medieval Suffolk.
Date Published :
February 2010
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Series :
History of Suffolk
Illustration :
16 black and white, 18 line drawing
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781843833154
Pages : 358
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781843835295
Pages : 358
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : Available


Suffolk was one of the most important regions of England in the middle ages. Even by 1200 it was wealthy, densely populated, highly commercialised and urbanised; and it survived the impact of three of the most tumultuous events of the last millennium, the Great Famine (1315-22), the Black Death (1349) and the Peasants' Revolt (1381), to become by 1500 one of the richest and most industrialised regions of England, based on cloth manufacture, fishing and tanning. This volume describes, documents and analyses these events. It combines an accessible and readable summary of the current state of knowledge with fresh insights drawn from extensive investigations of primary sources. Overall, it offers a guide to and re-evaluation of the history of late medieval Suffolk.


IntroductionLandlords and their Estates, 1200-1349Peasants and their Lifestyles, 1200-1349The Agrarian Economy, 1200-1349The Suffolk Landscape, 1200-1349Towns and the Urban EnvironmentCommerce, Crafts and IndustryPestilence, Rebellion and Villeinage, 1349-1500The Rural Economy, 1350-1500`The World Turned Upside Down': Rural Society, 1350-1500Towns, Trade and Industry, 1350-1500Conclusion

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