The English Woollen Industry, c.1200-c.1560: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The English Woollen Industry, c.1200-c.1560

1st Edition

By John Oldland


358 pages

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This is the first book to describe the early English woollens’ industry and its dominance of the trade in quality cloth across Europe by the mid-sixteenth century, as English trade was transformed from dependence on wool to value-added woollen cloth. It compares English and continental draperies, weighs the advantages of urban and rural production, and examines both quality and coarse cloths. Rural clothiers who made broadcloth to a consistent high quality at relatively low cost, Merchant Adventurers who enjoyed a trade monopoly with the Low Countries, and Antwerp’s artisans who finished cloth to customers’ needs all eventually combined to make English woollens unbeatable on the continent.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to English Woollens

2. Woollens Production and the Growing English Advantage

3. Dress, the Wool Supply, and Industry Regulation

4. The Thirteenth Century: A False Start?

5. Coarse Woollens in the Early-Fourteenth Century

6. The Fourteenth-Century Urban Revival

7. Revival of Exports, and an Assessment of Clothmaking at the End of the Fourteenth Century

8. Working Conditions in Towns

9. The Turbulent Fifteenth Century

10. The Clothiers’ Century 1450-1550

11. The March of the Clothiers

12. The London-Antwerp Ascendency and the Merchant Adventurers Company

13. Export Expansion, 1470-1555

14. Location of the Sixteenth-Century Woollens Industry

15. Crossroads

About the Author

John Oldland is Professor Emeritus at Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Early Modern History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Social History