Farming was the basis of the wealth that made England worth invading, twice, in the eleventh century, while trade and manufacturing were insignificant by modern standards. In Anglo-Saxon Farms and Farming, the authors employ a wide range of evidence to investigate how Anglo-Saxon farmers produced the food and other agricultural products that sustained English economy, society, and culture before the Norman Conquest.
The first part of the volume draws on written and pictorial sources, archaeology, place-names, and the history of the English language to discover what crops and livestock people raised, and what tools and techniques were used to produce them. In part two, using a series of landscape studies - place-names, maps, and the landscape itself, the authors explore how these techniques might have been combined into working agricultural regimes in different parts of the country. A picture emerges of an
agriculture that changed from an essentially prehistoric state in the sub-Roman period to what was recognisably the beginning of a tradition that only ended with the Second World War. Anglo-Saxon farming was not only sustainable, but infinitely adaptable to different soils and geology, and to a
climate changing as unpredictably as it is today.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 892 g
Dimensions: 253 x 190 x 25 mm
readers new to this subject area will especially appreciate the clear and fluently written prose that in less accomplished hands could easily have been encumbered by dense description and technical jargon ... the authors should be congratulated for a highly successful scholarly collaboration that has yielded what will no doubt come to be regarded as an essential text on Anglo-Saxon farming for many years to come. * Gabor Thomas, Antiquity *
worthwhile, and will guide researchers to useful sources. * Christopher Dyer, English Historical Review *
The authors must be congratulated on a book which will be useful to a wide range of scholars. They assimilate and present material from a variety of disciplines and pack an enormous amount of detail into its pages, yet it is uniformly interesting and enlightening ... this is a fine work, well written and illustrated, and likely to remain the standard textbook for a long time - for both those who know about Anglo-Saxon England and those who know about farming. * Paul Cavill, Medieval Settlement Research *
Noting there was no textbook and little secondary literature on the practicalities of Anglo-Saxon farming, Debby Banham and Rosamond Faith set out to fill that gap. They have succeeded brilliantly. Their wide-ranging book offers a detailed account of early medieval agriculture that will provide a point of reference for decades to come. * Susan Oosthuizen, Medieval Archaeology *
There has long been a need for a book that focuses specifically on Anglo-Saxon farming ... There is a wealth of useful and interesting information in both parts of this volume, and I will assign this book when I teach medieval archaeology in the future. * Pam Crabtree, American Historical Review *