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Agrarian Problems in the Sixteenth Century and After

By Eric Kerridge

© 2006 – Routledge

224 pages

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Presenting a full and precise description of all legal ties between landlord and tenant in early modern England, Agrarian Problems in the Sixteenth Century and After re-examines one of the key issues in English agrarian history - the question of the legal security of the copyholder.

Comparing historical records and literary evidence, Agrarian Problems in the Sixteenth Century and After reprints much of the important 1969 edition of the book, and asserts that:

* customary tenants enjoyed legal security in and before the sixteenth century

* enclosures proceeded legally, without oppression, and in much the same form (whether ratified in parliament or not) throughout the whole period

* depopulation was less extensive than sometimes supposed and that such depopulation as there was often proved economically profitable and not without social benefit.

When first published in 1969, this fascinating book represented a unique viewpoint that affected, and in some cases reversed, much accepted opinion. As a landmark work in a highly important area of English agrarian history, it still has considerable impact today.

Table of Contents



1. The Manor

2. Tenures and Estates

3. Security of Tenure

4. Enclosure

5. The Ratification of Enclosures

6. Depopulation and Inpopulation


1. Bracton, De LEgibus et Consuetundinibus Angiae

2. Britton

3. Littleton, Tenores Novelli

4. Coke Upon Littleton

5. Year Book of 7 Edward IV

6. Year Book of 21 Edward IV

7. Jenkins, Eight Centuries of Reports

8. Keilwey, Reports d'ascuns Cases

9. Coke, Reports

10. Calthrope, The Lord of a Manor and the Copyholder

11. Coke, The Complete Copyholder

12. Duns Ten Enclosure Proposals

13. Bremhill Court Book

14. Bedfont Heath Allotment

15. Haselbeech Articles of Agreement

16. Haselbeech Enclosure Agreement

17, 18, 19. Performace of Haselbeech Agreement

20. Rowde Enclosure Dispute

21. Ratification in Chancery

22. Droitwich Enclosure Presentments

23. Raunde Alne Enclosure Declaration

24. John Spencer's Petitions

25. Sir Thomas Humfrey's Answer

26. Laud's Commission of Depopulation

27. Enclosures Reconsidered


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