This authoritative survey of Britain in the later Middle Ages comprises 28 chapters written by leading figures in the field.
* Covers social, economic, political, religious, and cultural history in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales
* Provides a guide to the historical debates over the later Middle Ages
* Addresses questions at the leading edge of historical scholarship
* Each chapter includes suggestions for further reading
S. H. Rigby is Reader in History at the University of Manchester. His previous publications include Engels and the Formation of Marxism (1992), English Society in the Later Middle Ages (1995), Chaucer in Context (1996) and Marxism and History (second edition, 1998).
"This is a wide-ranging and in-depth look at the state of Britain between the years 1100 - 1500 ... .The book is clearly written and divided into logical sections and chapters, with a comprehensive bibliography." (Suite 101, January 2009)
"Succinct and stimulating" (English Historical Review)
"A handsome, informative and scholarly volume" (Medieval Archaeology)
"Admirably comprehensive and warmly to be recommended" (History
"No scholar, student or general reader could ask for a better guide" (Economic History Review)
"A fine book with a stellar cast of contributors" (Continuity and Change)
"Among the better, most nuanced and thought-provoking introductions to its field" (Journal of Ecclesiastical History)
"An extremely important contribution to medieval British scholarship" (Albion)
"This is a very impressive product from an ambitious project." (Welsh History Review)
List of Figures.
List of Plates.
List of Maps.
List of Contributors.
Part I: Economy and Society in Town and Country.
Part II: Politics, Government and Law.
Part III: The Church and Piety.
Part IV: Education and Culture.
Bibliography of Secondary Sources.
This authoritative survey of Britain in the later middle ages comprises 28 chapters written by leading international specialists in the field. The volume is broad-ranging, discussing the social, economic, political, religious and cultural history of England, Scotland, and Wales from 1100 to 1500. It also includes full coverage of Ireland during the period. The chapters guide readers through the different perspectives from which historians have approached late medieval Britain and examine ways in which current debates might be resolved.
The volume is ideal for upper-level students seeking an overview of the later middle ages and the historiographic controversies surrounding the era. At the same time, the contributions address questions at the leading edge of scholarship, and will therefore also be of interest to advanced researchers in the field.