Book The grass roots of English history : local societies in England before the Industrial Revolution / David Hey.
Publication year: 2016
Media class: Book
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781474281645 (pbk.) :
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Preface -- 1. Introduction: The Countries of England -- 2. The People of England -- 3. Organizing the Countryside: Villages, Hamlets and Farmsteads -- 4. England's Historic Towns and Cities -- 5. The Greatest Buildings in the Land -- 6. Parish Churches and Chapels -- 7. Timber-Framed Houses -- 8. Earning a Living in the Countryside -- 9. Packmen, Carriers and Watermen -- 10. Family Life and Society -- Select Bibliography -- Index
Extent: x, 229 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and
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An up-to-date account of the present state of knowledge about ordinary people in local societies from the medieval to the early modern period. It uniquely combines social and economic history with family and local history, and demonstrates the connections. In medieval and early modern Britain, people would refer to their local district as their `country', a term now largely forgotten but still used up until the First World War. Core groups of families that remained rooted in these `countries', often bearing distinctive surnames still in use today, shaped local culture and passed on their traditions. In The Grass Roots of English History, David Hey examines the differing nature of the various local societies that were found throughout England in these periods. The book provides an update on the progress that has been made in recent years in our understanding of the history of ordinary people living in different types of local societies throughout England, and demonstrates the value o