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Making a Living in the Middle Ages: The…

Making a Living in the Middle Ages: The People of Britain, 850-1520

by Christopher Dyer

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"In this survey, Christopher Dyer reviews our thinking about the economy of Britain in the middle ages. By analysing economic development and change, he allows us to reconstruct, often vividly, the daily lives and experiences of people in the past. The period covered here saw dramatic alterations in the state of the economy; and this account begins with the forming of villages, towns, networks of exchange and the social hierarchy in the ninth and tenth centuries, and ends with the inflation and population rise of the sixteenth century." "This is a book about ideas and attitudes as well as the material world, and Dyer shows how people regarded the economy and how they responded to economic change. We see the growth of towns, the clearance of woods and wastes, the Great Famine, the Black Death and the upheavals in the fifteenth century through the eyes of those who lived through these great events."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)



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The subtitle: The People of Britain 850-1520 is somewhat more accurate, but the real title is Economic changes in England, Wales, and Scotland 850-1520 and why it was never just one thing. It wasn't completely deadly, but it felt very repetitive as it went on. ( )
  quondame | Oct 15, 2019 |
Packed with information but deadly dull. It reads like a financial report. I couldn't force myself to finish it. That said, if you're preparing a paper or writing a novel set in Britain between the years of 850 and 1520, this would make great source material. ( )
  DLMorrese | Aug 23, 2017 |
Great bibliography, however details are no referenced to primary sources. Learned much for Regia Anglorum, SCA ( )
  chuckre | Jan 10, 2010 |
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2 editions of this book were published by Yale University Press.

Editions: 0300090609, 0300101910

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