The Moral Economy of the Countryside -

The Moral Economy of the Countryside

Anglo-Saxon to Anglo-Norman England

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How were manorial lords in the twelfth and thirteenth century able to appropriate peasant labour? And what does this reveal about the changing attitudes and values of medieval England? Considering these questions from the perspective of the 'moral economy', the web of shared values within a society, Rosamond Faith offers a penetrating portrait of a changing world. Anglo-Saxon lords were powerful in many ways but their power did not stem directly from their ownership of land. The values of early medieval England - principally those of rank, reciprocity and worth - were shared across society. The Norman Conquest brought in new attitudes both to land and to the relationship between lords and peasants, and the Domesday Book conveyed the novel concept of 'tenure'. The new 'feudal thinking' permeated all relationships concerned with land: peasant farmers were now manorial tenants, owing labour and rent. Many people looked back to better days.

Product code: 9781108720069

ISBN 9781108720069
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H228xW154xS14
No. Of Pages 244
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Shows how the 'moral economy' of medieval England was transformed after the Norman Conquest, when 'feudal thinking' superseded traditional values of rank, reciprocity and worth.