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- DescriptionTo explain the rich, complex patterns in the English landscape today, we have to understand how the land was farmed in the medieval period. Some regions had large villages with extensive open fields; others had scattered hamlets and less communal forms of agriculture. These differences are still with us - in the shape of fields, the form of settlement, and the character of hedges and woods. Archaeologists, historians and geographers have long argued about when, why and how these variations developed. In this radical and important book Tom Williamson overhauls many of the ideas about how they came about. Some scholars have argued that geographical differences in customs and culture, in the strength of lordship, and in population pressure were involved. Williamson in contrast argues that the overriding determinant was the practicality of working the land. Using a wealth of evidence from the Thames to the Wash, he shows how subtle differences in soils and climate shaped t only the layout of fields and farms, but the very structure of the societies that farmed them. This is a book which puts the environment back where it belongs - at the centre of the historical stage. It will be essential reading for all those interested in the history of the English landscape, social and ecomic history, and the way life was lived in the medieval countryside. 2nd edition with new cover and corrections.
- Author BiographyTom Williamson is one of Britain's leadng landscape archaeologists and historians. He co-edits the journal Rural History and is lecturer in Landscape Archaeology at the University of East Anglia.
- Author(s)Tom Williamson
- PublisherWindgather Press
- Date of Publication12/02/2004
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationMacclesfield
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintWindgather Press
- Content Note59 b/w figs and pls
- Weight540 g
- Width190 mm
- Height250 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
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