Moving to Town
This chapter examines population movements. Migration in search of employment, particularly by the young and unmarried, was a characteristic feature of pre-industrial society. Evidence of merchets suggests that a high rate of marital exogamy was normal in medieval England and many women left their native communities to live with their husbands. Between 1399 and 1416, despite a very high rate of turnover among tenants between rentals, women tenants considerably outnumbered men. Thereafter, the sexes tended to be more evenly divided, though males outnumber females in most years.
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