A Medieval Capital and its Grain Supply: Agrarian Production and Distribution in the London Region c.1300

Bruce M.S. Galloway Campbell( James A. ), Derek Keene, Margaret. Murphy
Institute of Historical Research
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At its peak, around 1300, medieval London was in the second rank of west European cities, and by far the largest city in Britain. Combining innovative methods of analysing the abundant records of the period with theoretical approaches based in economic geography, the study assesses the impact of London's demand for grain on production and distribution in its region.

Topics explored include: the output of medieval agriculture and the size of population it could sustain; the character of the metropolitan market and the transport systems which supported it and the role of London and other sources of demand (including the international market) in promoting the development of intensive agriculture.

'... provides a wealth of detail on the agrarian structure of the London region at the beginning of the fourteenth century, and it deserves to be widely read' — Journal of Historical Geography
'Meticulously focused and methodologically bold, the authors attempt to join technical issues in medieval agrarian productivity to problems of urbanization' — American Historical Review
'...a first-class analysis of what was happening in the demesne sector...' — The Agricultural History Review
'It replaces everything previously written on the subject' — Speculum


Published by the Historical Geography Research Group
Paperback, 210 x 149 mm; x, 233 pp; 29 figures, 19 tables
Price: £14.95 (incl. p+p)

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