Deserted Villages Revisited

Deserted Villages Revisited

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The starting point of this book was a meeting in 1948 in Leicestershire when historians and archaeologists visited newly identified sites of deserted villages. The excitement of these discoveries changed approaches to the medieval countryside. Sixty years later a new group of scholars went back to the same sites and debated their significance in the light of many advances in knowledge. Thousands of villages and smaller settlements were deserted in England and Wales during all periods, though many of them were abandoned between 1340 and 1750. Why were they deserted? Why did some villages survive while others were abandoned? Who was responsible for their desertion? What can we learn about life in the countryside from a study of the deserted sites? Since the 1970s these questions have been set aside while interest has shifted to the origin and planning of villages, and the regional differences which led to a `village England' developing across the middle of the country, while everywhere else people lived in hamlets and individual farms. Now seems the right moment to return to the subject and with fresh eyes reopen the important questions which were not fully answered in the early days. In this book ten leading archaeologists, geographers and historians have come together to revisit the deserted villages and reveal much new evidence and new thinking about these fascinating sites.Arch., 50 (2006) Harden, D.B., a#39;Objects of glassa#39;, in M. Biddle, a#39;The deserted medieval village of Seacourt, Berkshirea#39;, Oxoniensia, 26/27 (1961-2) Harley, J.B., Ordnance Survey maps: a descriptive manual (Southampton, 1975) Harley, J.B. andanbsp;...

Title:Deserted Villages Revisited
Author:Christopher Dyer, Richard Jones
Publisher:Univ of Hertfordshire Press - 2010


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