York and the Regional Economy in the Later Middle Ages
This chapter examines York and the regional economy in the later Middle Ages. It attempts to reconstruct the occupational structure of the community from poll tax and franchise evidence and considers how this may have changed from the 14th to the early 16th century. The one feature of special significance is the demographic recession following the Black Death. This had implications for the supply of labour, the demand for goods and services, and the structure of both urban and rural economies. The latter part of the chapter reviews the pattern of economic development nationally. It aims to establish a general framework which the detailed evidence specifically to women in both town and country may be understood.
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