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Decision-Making in Medieval Agriculture

David Stone


This book uses manorial account rolls innovatively to reconstruct the economic mentalities of medieval farmers and, by so doing, argues that they have been unfairly stereotyped. It overturns the traditional view of medieval countrymen as economically backward and instead reveals that agricultural decision-making was as rational in the 14th and 15th centuries as in modern times. It investigates agricultural mentalities first in a detailed case study of the exceptionally well-documented demesne farm of Wisbech Barton, analysing the sale and consumption of produce, cereal-cropping strategies, cro ... More

Keywords: medieval England, later Middle Ages, decision-making, agriculture, management, demesne farm, manorial account rolls, yields, landlords, peasants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199247769
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247769.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Stone, author
Teacher of History, Dulwich College