Traces the rise and fall of rural England from the Middle Ages to the Second World War and the nature of the changes which have occurred.
`In all, this is another entertaining and informative book from Gorgon Mingay. His skill as narrator gives form to an extended period of history and to a rich diversity of topics.' - Social History Society Newsletter
`Anyone who wishes to understand the true nature of our rural history will find Professor Mingay a rewarding guide, in small matters and in large.' - Literary Review