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Medieval Society and the Manor Court
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Medieval Society and the Manor Court

Zvi Razi and Richard Smith

Abstract

The records of manorial courts have been used increasingly as the principal source for the reconstruction of rural and small town society in Medieval England. They offer a unique source with which to investigate peasant demography, family patterns, the village community and economy, the characteristics and instruments of customary law and the ways in which that law was perceived and exploited by landlords and tenants. The chapters in this collection provide novel approaches to all of these themes. In two introductory chapters, this book reviews the historiography of manorial court rolls and ac ... More

Keywords: manorial courts, Medieval England, village community, peasant demography, family patterns, customary law, landlords, tenants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198201908
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201908.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zvi Razi, editor
Tel Aviv University

Richard Smith, editor

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Introduction

ZVI RAZI, and RICHARD M. SMITH