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After the Black Death: Economy, society, and the law in fourteenth-century England

Mark Bailey


The Black Death of 1348–9 is the most catastrophic event in recorded history, and this study—the Ford Lectures of 2019 at Oxford University—offers a major re-evaluation of its immediate impact and longer-term consequences in England. It draws upon recent inter-disciplinary research into climate and disease; renewed interest among econometricians in the origins of the Little Divergence, whereby economic performance in parts of north-western Europe began to move decisively ahead of the rest of the continent on the pathway to modernity; a close re-reading of case studies of fourteenth-century Eng ... More

Keywords: Black Death, Little Divergence, decline of serfdom, common law, Peasants’ Revolt, institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198857884
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198857884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Bailey, author
Professor of Late Medieval History, University of East Anglia, UK