Land, Kinship and Life-Cycle

Land, Kinship and Life-Cycle

Essays on land transfer in English rural communities over the period 1250-1850.

Land and Family

Trends and Local Variations in the Peasant Land Market on the Winchester Bishopric Estates, 1263-1415

Land and Family

With a special emphasis on the exchange of land between medieval servile tenants--especially from the 13th century onward--this scholarly examination of the peasant land market of the Middle Ages explores the identification of peasant families with particular lands to which they had a hereditary right. Using this theme to explore village life and showing how peasants were affected by the changes over time and place, this study employs primary source material from the Winchester estates. Analyzing thousands of land exchanges and interactions from more than 50 different manors on Winchester, this volume reveals unparalleled opportunities for comparing regional and local differences of experience.

Life, Death and the Elderly

Historical Perspectives

Life, Death and the Elderly

Debates on policy concerning medical care and social welfare of the elderly become ever more pressing, and many of the assumptions on which they are based are now open to question. This study sets out to provide a historical perspective on the economic, medical, class and gender relations of the elderly, which until now have received relatively little attention. In particular, the position of the elderly is linked to the fundamental issues of health, disability and medical care. With attention currently focused on the setting of the retirement age, community and family care, and pensions, as well as wider debates on the rights of the elderly, this volume aims to supply a historical context for such issues.

The Life-Cycle in Western Europe, C.1300-1500

The Life-Cycle in Western Europe, C.1300-1500

Deborah Youngs examines a wide range of primary and secondary sources to take an interdisciplinary approach to the life-cycle in medieval Western Europe.

An Imperial State at War

Britain From 1689-1815

An Imperial State at War

The study of eighteenth century history has been transformed by the writings of John Brewer, and most recently, with The Sinews of Power, he challenged the central concepts of British history. Brewer argues that the power of the British state increased dramatically when it was forced to pay the costs of war in defence of her growing empire. In An Imperial State at War, edited by Lawrence Stone (himself no stranger to controversy), the leading historians of the eighteenth century put the Brewer thesis under the spotlight. Like the Sinews of Power itself, this is a major advance in the study of Britain's first empire.

Fate and Fortune in Rural China

Social Organization and Population Behavior in Liaoning 1774-1873

Fate and Fortune in Rural China

A major contribution to the social history of China, and to historical demography in general.

Medieval Suffolk

An Economic and Social History, 1200-1500

Medieval Suffolk

The first volume in what will become the definitive history of Suffolk looks at how the county survived the three most tumultuous events of the period, the Great Famine, the Black Death and the Peasants' Revolt, to emerge as one of the richest English regions.

Women's Worlds in Seventeenth-Century England

A Sourcebook

Women's Worlds in Seventeenth-Century England

Womens Worlds in England presents a unique collection of source materials on womens lives in sixteenth and seventeenth century England. The book introduces a wonderfully diverse group of women and a series of voices that have rarely been heard in history, Drawing on unpublished, archival materials, the book explores women's: * experiences of work, sex, marriage and motherhood * beliefs and spirituality * political activities * relationships * mental worlds. In a time when few women could write, this book reveals the multitude of ways in which their voices have left traces in the written record, and deepens our understanding of womens lives in the past.

Old Age and the English Poor Law, 1500-1700

Old Age and the English Poor Law, 1500-1700

Based on documents from two Suffolk villages, this study examines the operation of the poor law and the individual effort the elderly poor needed to make to survive.