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A Country Merchant, 1495-1520: Trading and Farming at the End of the Middle Ages Hardcover – 17 May 2012

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[A] rich work ... greatly enhances our appreciation of the more dynamic elements typical of the period. (R. B. Peberdy, Oxoniensia)

Christopher Dyers most recent book shows his characteristic impeccable scholarship and ability to illuminate the lives of otherwise obscure people. ... I am a great fan of Dyers work and can wholeheartedly recommend this book to other readers. (Kathleen Troup, Parergon)

Essential reading for students taking abroad range of modules and a must for anyone who teaches and researches the history of masculinities, gender, class and idnetities. (Johanne Bailey, Journal of Continuity and Change Vol. 28.1)

More than most historians, Dyer is able to conjure up a sense of what it must have felt like to be alive in the times about which he writes. His account of John Heritage and his world is both fascinating and valuable. (Chris Given-Wilson, BBC History Magazine)

A Country Merchant is an invaluable contribution to historians understanding of the practicalities and realities of late medieval commerce, and allows us to see how the more positive account of the economy of this period can be witnessed in terms of lived reality. (Dr Justin Colson, Review in History)

an intruiging study of a commercial and agrarian society (Paul Freedman, Times Literary Supplement)

This excellent book combines local and family history with landscape studies to provide a detailed and convincing account ... an outstanding and readable book that brings general concepts to life with its concentration on the reality of human experience in a distinctive Midlands landscape. (David Hey, Landscape History)

a significant work of scholarship about a Gloucestershire wool merchant and large-scale farmer. ... Highly informative and a pleasure to read, with much more than local importance. (Northern History)

This is a dense, detailed and highly scholarly book which can be read with pleasure, as well as for enlightenment. (Paul Stamper, Journal of Medieval Archaeology)

Throughout his long and distinguished career, Dyer's work has been characterized by clear presentation of arguments and accessible prose, and this book is no exception. The publisher has sought to broaden the book's appeal to a general readership by including a large number of photographs of places discussed in the text and providing other useful ancillary material. (James Masschaele, Agricultural History Review)

About the Author

Christopher Dyer has held posts at the Universities of Edinburgh, Birmingham, and Leicester. He has written five books, and has been joint author or editor of six others. He has published numerous articles and essays in many journals and edited volumes. His central interest is in the economic and social history of medieval England, and in pursuit of a broader understanding of the period has worked on landscape history and archaeology. He is CBE, a Fellow of the British Academy, and has been President of the Society for Medieval Archaeology, The British Agricultural History Society, the Medieval Settlement Research Group, the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, and the Worcestershire Historical Society. He has been editor of the journals Midland History and the Economic History Review.

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