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Standards of Living in the Later Middle Ages Social Change in England C. 1200-1520

ISBN-10: 0521272157
ISBN-13: 9780521272155
Edition: 1998
Authors: Christopher Dyer
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Description: Between 1200 and 1520 medieval English society went through a series of upheavals--wars, pestilence, and rebellion. This book looks at aristocrats, peasants, townsmen, wage-earners, and paupers, and examines how they obtained and spent their  More...

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Book details

List price: $54.99
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/9/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Between 1200 and 1520 medieval English society went through a series of upheavals--wars, pestilence, and rebellion. This book looks at aristocrats, peasants, townsmen, wage-earners, and paupers, and examines how they obtained and spent their incomes. Did the aristocracy practice conspicuous consumption? Did the peasants really starve? The book focuses on the varying fortunes of different social groups in the inflation of the thirteenth century, the crises of the fourteenth, and the apparent depression of the fifteenth. Dr. Dyer explains the changes in terms of the dynamics of a social and economic system subjected to stimuli and stresses.

List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Weights, measures and places
Introduction
Late medieval society
Aristocratic incomes
The aristocracy as consumers
Aristocratic expenditure: making ends meet
Peasant living standards: modelling the peasant economy
Peasants as consumers
Urban standard of living
The wage-earners
Poverty and charity
The weather and standards of living
Conclusion
Medieval living standards - postscript
Bibliography
Index

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