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Medieval Society and the Manor Court (Hardback)
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Medieval Society and the Manor Court (Hardback)

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Hardback 726 Pages / Published: 19/09/1996
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The records of manorial courts have been used increasingly as the principal source for the reconstruction of rural and small town society in Medieval England. They offer a unique source with which to investigate peasant demography, family patterns, the village community and economy, the characteristics and instruments of customary law and the ways in which that law was perceived and exploited by landlords and tenants. The essays in this collection provide novel approaches to all of these themes and are written by many of the historians who have pioneered the use of this source category in the last two decades. In two introductory chapters, the editors review the historiography of manorial court rolls and account for their origins as a distinctive record of customary law within the broad context of medieval European society. A valuable appendix contains an inventory of the most comprehensive manorial court roll series arranged systematically on a county-to-county basis, detailing the repository in which they are located. This book will serve as an essential reference tool for any serious study of medieval English rural society.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198201908
Number of pages: 726
Weight: 1338 g
Dimensions: 243 x 164 x 47 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
a volume that attempts to draw together previous work on court rolls in a logical fashion and to provide markers for future research is particularly welcome ... To this end, Razi and Smith have done an excellent job ... the importance of the themes and debates here is undoubted, and this volume must be considered essential reading for anyone at all interested in the subject. * John Langdon, University of Alberta, The Economic History Review, Volume L, No. 3, August 1997 *
this is a useful book, with some truly exceptional and important essays. * Edwin R Dewindt, The American Journal of Legal History, Vol XLII 1998 *
the importance of the themes and debates here is undoubted, and this volume must be considered essential reading for anyone at all interested in the subject * John Langdon, University of Alberta, The Economic History Review, Volume L, No. 3, August 1997 *
The appearance of a volume dedicated to demonstrating the use of court roll evidence for a variety of inquiries into agrarian history is a welcome event for historians of late-medieval rural England. This work... contributes to our growing confidence that much that is very meaningful can be known about the lives of the great mass of Europeans of the premodern era. The survey of court roll depositories in England... should be a boon to scholars employing these records. * Sherri Olson, Speculum, Juy 1999 *
It falls to an early modernist consumer of court rolls to review this excellent book and gawp at the richness of the medieval documentary record./ ... the book is a considerable achievement, a great pleasure to read and muse over. After these riches, who is going to produce a parallel volume on the manor court in the two centuries before the Civil War? Someone ought to./ R. W. Hoyle, The Agricultural History Review, Vol 46, part 2, 1998.
This book represents a landmark in the study of medieval manorial court rolls ... The contributors to this collection reflect in their essays a wide range of the historical themes which benefit from the analysis. * Christopher Dyer, University of Birmingham, Rural History - Vol 8, Part 2 - 1997 *
For historians of medieval rural society, this is something more than a feast. It contains papers from a very distinguished group of historians, and offers debate and information on a wide range of issues in this difficult but vastly rewarding area of research. * The Historical Association 1998 *

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