The Problem of Labour in Fourteenth-Century England James H. Bothwell

ISBN: 9781903153048

Published: December 7th 2000

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164 pages


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The Problem of Labour in Fourteenth-Century England  by  James H. Bothwell

The Problem of Labour in Fourteenth-Century England by James H. Bothwell
December 7th 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 164 pages | ISBN: 9781903153048 | 4.28 Mb

At the very moment that the image of the honest labourer seemed to reach its apogee in the Luttrell Psalter or, a few decades later, in Piers Plowman, the dominant culture of the landed interests was increasingly suspicious of what it described asMoreAt the very moment that the image of the honest labourer seemed to reach its apogee in the Luttrell Psalter or, a few decades later, in Piers Plowman, the dominant culture of the landed interests was increasingly suspicious of what it described as the idleness, greed and arrogance of the lower orders.

Labour was one of the central issues during the fourteenth century: the natural disasters and profound social changes of the period created not merely a problem of labour, but also new ways of discussing and (supposedly) solving that problem. These studies engage with the contrasting and often competing discourses which emerged, ranging from the critical social awareness of some of the early fourteenth-century protest literature to the repressive authoritarianism of the new national employment laws that were enforced in the wake of the Black Death, and were expressed in counter-cultures of resistance and dissent.

JAMES BOTHWELL and P.J.P. GOLDBERG lecture in history, and W.M. ORMROD is Professor of History, at the University of York. Contributors: CORDELIA BEATTIE, CHRISTOPHER DYER, RICHARD K. EMMERSON, P.J.P. GOLDBERG, KATE GILES, CHRIS GIVEN-WILSON, STEPHEN KNIGHT, DEREK PEARSALL, SARAH REES JONES.



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