Revolution and Consumption in Late Medieval England

October 2001
2 line illustrations
208 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
The Fifteenth Century
ISBN: 9780851158327
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS015000, HIS037010

Revolution and Consumption in Late Medieval England

Edited by Michael Hicks

Conspicuous consumption in the 15th century both offers causes for revolt and allows reconstruction of regional supply and trading networks.
The essays in this volume focus on the sources and resources of political power, on consumption (royal and lay, conspicuous and everyday) on political revolution and on economic regulation in the later middle ages. Topics range from the diet of the nobility in the fifteenth century to the knightly household of Richard II and the peace commissions, while particular case studies, of Middlesex, Cambridge, Durham Cathedral and Winchester, shed new light on regional economies through an examination of the patterns of consumption, retailing, and marketing.Professor MICHAEL HICKS teaches at King Alfred's College at Winchester.Contributors: CHRISTOPHER WOOLGAR, ALASTAIR DUNN, SHELAGH MITCHELL, ALISON GUNDY, T.B. PUGH, JESSICA FREEMAN, JOHN HARE, JOHN LEE, MIRANDA THRELFALL-HOLMES, WINIFRED HARWOOD, PETER FLEMING.

Table of Contents

Fast and Fast: Conspicuous Consumption and the Diet of the Nobility in the Fifteenth Century - Christopher Woolgar
Exploitation and Control: The Royal Administration of Magnate Estates, 1397-1405 - Alastair Dunn
The Knightly Household of Richard II and the Peace Commissions - Shelagh Mitchell
The Earl of Warwick and the Royal Affinity in the Politics of the West Midlands, 1389-99 - Alison Gundy
The Estates, Finances and Regal Aspirations of Richard Plantagenet (1411-60), Duke of York - T B Pugh
Middlesex in the Fifteenth Century: County Community or Communities? - Jessica Freeman
Regional Prosperity in Fifteenth-Century England: Some Evidence from Wessex - John Hare
The Trade of Fifteenth-Century Cambridge and its Region - John Lee
Durham Cathedral Priory's Consumption of Imported Goods: Wines and Spices, 1464-1520 - Miranda Threlfall-Holmes
The Impact of St Swithun's Priory on the City of Winchester in the Later Middle Ages - Winifred Harwood
Telling Tales of Oligarchy in the Late Medieval Town - Peter W Fleming


Hicks adeptly draws out the themes of this diverse and rewarding volue, rightly observing hat it reflects the vigour and debate of late medieval studies. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW Fifteenth-century studies are very much alive and well... able to generate new and challenging research agendas. This excellent collection reflects that well. ECONOMIC HISTORY REVIEW

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