Anglo-Saxon Farms and Farming by Debby BanhamAnglo-Saxon Farms and Farming by Debby Banham

Anglo-Saxon Farms and Farming

byDebby Banham, Rosamond Faith

Hardcover | October 25, 2014

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Farming was the basis of the wealth that made England worth invading, twice, in the eleventh century, while trade and manufacturing were insignificant by modern standards. In Anglo-Saxon Farms and Farming, the authors employ a wide range of evidence to investigate how Anglo-Saxon farmersproduced the food and other agricultural products that sustained English economy, society, and culture before the Norman Conquest. The first part of the volume draws on written and pictorial sources, archaeology, place-names, and the history of the English language to discover what crops and livestock people raised, and what tools and techniques were used to produce them. In part two, using a series of landscape studies -place-names, maps, and the landscape itself, the authors explore how these techniques might have been combined into working agricultural regimes in different parts of the country. A picture emerges of an agriculture that changed from an essentially prehistoric state in the sub-Roman period to whatwas recognisably the beginning of a tradition that only ended with the Second World War. Anglo-Saxon farming was not only sustainable, but infinitely adaptable to different soils and geology, and to a climate changing as unpredictably as it is today.
Debby Banham is a medieval historian who teaches in the Universities of Cambridge and London. During the 1970s she worked as an agricultural labourer, and when she arrived in Cambridge as a mature student, discovered that farming was the only thing she knew more about than the people who taught her. She has published Monasterialies ind...
Title:Anglo-Saxon Farms and FarmingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pagesPublished:October 25, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199207941

ISBN - 13:9780199207947


Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Arable Farming in Anglo-Saxon England: The Crops3. Arable Farming in Anglo-Saxon England: Tools and Techniques4. Animal Husbandry in Anglo-Saxon England: The Livestock5. Animal Husbandry in Anglo-Saxon England: How and Why Livestock was Kept6. Farms in their Landscapes7. Coasts and Riversides8. Woodland9. Downland10. Moorland11. Wolds12. Continuities and Changes in Arable Husbandry13. Conclusions