From peasants and artisans to barons and monks, the people of the Middle Ages depended on making their living in a constantly changing society.
In this masterly survey, Christopher Dyer provides a vivid new perspective on British social and economic history from the invasion of the Vikings to the Reformation. His account begins with the formation of villages, towns and social hierarchies and goes on to describe the clearing of the lands, the Great Famine, the Black Death and the population rise of the sixteenth century, through the eyes of those who lived through them; market traders, landowners, brewers, blacksmiths and servants.
Above all, Dyer illustrates how economic change arose not just from the dictates of the rich and powerful, but from social processes and the decisions of thousands of ordinary people.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 10 / 2003
- 129 x 198mm