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Parks in Medieval England$
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S.A. Mileson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565672.001.0001

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(p.45) 2 Economy
Parks in Medieval England

S. A. Mileson (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the evidence for the economic exploitation of parks and provides an assessment of its significance. By contrast with the many studies which emphasize the importance of the material and agrarian uses to which parks were put, it argues that economic exploitation was only incidental to the creation of parks. Timber extraction, fuel wood production, fish and rabbit farming, stock-grazing, and venison production are all examined, as well as the limited extent to which active deer parks were used for arable farming. The idea of parks being used much more productively in the later middle ages is challenged.

Keywords:   timber, fuel, wood, grazing, rabbits, fish, venison, arable

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