Manors and Maps in Rural England, from the Tenth Century to the Seventeenth: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Manors and Maps in Rural England, from the Tenth Century to the Seventeenth

1st Edition

By P.D.A. Harvey


352 pages

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P.D.A. Harvey is a historian of medieval rural England with a wide interest in the history of cartography; this collection of his essays brings together both these strands. It first looks at the English countryside from the 10th century to the 15th, investigating problems in particular documents, in the village community and in underlying long-term changes. How landlords drew profits from their property in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, how and why there followed changes in the way landed estates were run and in the written records they produced, what new light their personal seals can throw on medieval peasants, are all among the topics discussed, while the local management of large estates and the development of the peasant land market are themes that recur throughout. There follow essays on the way maps were brought into the management of landed estates in the 16th and 17th centuries, starting with the introduction of consistent scale into mapping, a new concept crucially important in the general history of topographical maps. The collection closes by looking at some of the traps that both documents and maps set for the historian of the English countryside.


'Manors and Maps is a fitting testament to the oeuvre of Professor Harvey and is recommended to any serious scholar of medieval and early modern English history and cartography.' IMCoS Journal 'All of the essays brought together in this collection are masterpieces that will stand the test of time, and each is a delight to read, expressed in clear, jargon-free prose, of a kind all too rare in academic writing today.' Nigel Saul, Economic History Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Rectitudines singularum personarum and Gerefa; The manorial reeve in 12th-century England; English cathedral estates in the 12th century; Non-agrarian activities in 12th-century English estate surveys; Initiative and authority in settlement change; The Pipe Rolls and the adoption of demesne farming in England; The English inflation of 1180-1220; Boldon Book and the wards between Tyne and Tees; Aspects of the peasant land market in England, 13th-15th centuries; The peasant land market in medieval England - and beyond; Personal seals in 13th-century England; Agricultural treatises and manorial accounting in medieval England; Mid-13th-century accounts from Bury St Edmunds Abbey; The Portsmouth map of 1545 and the introduction of scale maps into England; Estate surveyors and the spread of the scale-map in England 1550-80; A manuscript estate map by Christopher Saxton; English estate maps: their early history and their use as historical evidence; The documents of landscape history: snares and delusions; Index.

About the Author

P.D.A. Harvey is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Durham University, UK.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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HISTORY / General