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Making a Living in the Middle Ages

Making a Living in the Middle Ages: The People of Britain 850-1520 by Christopher Dyer

A broad overview of economics in this period.

Covers all sorts of topics.  Coinage, trade, taxes, rents, farming practices, towns and their growth and other aspects, the effects of the Great Famine and the Black Death.  Changes in practices, such as the freeing of slaves, and the forcing of peasants into villages.  The lords' attempts to get money, not always successful.  The changes after the Conquest.

High level and academic, with individual cases being treated as examples.  Chock-full of stuff.
Tags: history reviews: medieval

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