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Standards of Living in the Later Middle Ages: Social Change in England c.1200-1520 (Cambridge Medieval Textbooks) [Paperback]

Christopher Dyer
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9 Mar 1989 Cambridge Medieval Textbooks
Between 1200 and 1520 medieval English society went through a series of upheavals: this was an age of war, pestilence and rebellion. This book explores the realities of life of the people who lived through those stirring times. It looks in turn at aristocrats, peasants, townsmen, wage-earners and paupers, and examines how they obtained their incomes and how they spent them. This revised edition (1998) includes a substantial new concluding chapter and an updated bibliography.

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Paperback Edition edition (9 Mar 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521272157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521272155
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"To construct so well balanced and lucidly written a textbook on so large and neglected a theme can have been no easy matter, and Dyer is to be congratulated on producing what now serves as the ideal introduction to late medieval English society." R. B. Dobson, Studies in the Age of Chaucer

"...an admirable synthesis of the best work done in both social and economic history over the past generation." Canadian Journal of History

"Christopher Dyer has written a cogent textbook that provides an excellent survey of standards of living in the later middle ages." James M. Rosenheim, Albion

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Between 1200 and 1520 medieval English society went through a series of upheavals: this was an age of war, pestilence and rebellion. This book explores the realities of life of the people who lived through those stirring times. This revised edition (1998) includes a substantial new concluding chapter and an updated bibliography.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to medieval England 5 July 2009
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Dyer's 1989 boom is great for general use. I found myself integrating much of the economic and demographic studies that Dyer made into my A-Level essays, with excellent results. I also used this book at university, so it has served me very well. It is a thorough explanation of the economics of late middle ages England, the socio-economic differences between the classes and features useful sections on poverty, weather, diets and wages.

I would recommend this book to anyone studying the late Middle Ages at AS-Level or above.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opener, a mind-opener 1 April 2011
By IJFM
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I first came across this book in the reading room of the old British Library. It was 1994 and I was planning my reading for a book I would one day call The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England. I had read loads of the usual old stuff from the nineteenth century through to the 1980s about ye olde Englande - systematically trawling through all the daily life stuff I could find - and then this. A careful, measured, calculated response to hardship and lived experience.

It blew me away - to think that one could take a rigorous, almost scientific approach to the way people lived their lives in the later middle ages. Up until that moment everything I had read had been tinged by amateurism. This was scholarship - on my favourite subject. I sat there at one of those Round Room desks spiralling outwards, spellbound. My attitude to medieval social history changed within the first few seconds of flicking through the chapter on 'Peasants as consumers'. A new world had opened up before me.

Since then many other books have affected my attitude to medieval life. Barbara Harvey's 'Living and Dying in England 1100-1540: the Monastic Experience' and Chris Woolgar's books have been particularly inspiring, informative and thought-provoking. But nothing beats that moment of realisation of what is possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 1 Oct 2005
By Allan A. Tulchin - Published on Amazon.com
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There are two eds. of this book, and Dyer has a new survey out--so you may wish to buy the survey rather than this--but I still remember how much fun this was to read when I was reading for my orals. Some of the reviews were very critical, but I thought it was particularly good at incorporating archeological evidence to build a coherent picture of life and social change.
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