Traditional management of commons: The Harvest of the Hills

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The Harvest of the Hills: Rural Life in Northern England and the Scottish Borders

By (author) Angus J.L. Winchester

Publication date: 1 January 2001
Publication City/Country: Keele
ISBN 10: 1853312398
ISBN 13: 9781853312397
Illustrations note: 50 illus

Product description
This illustrated environmental history of rural life in Northern England and the Scottish Borders in the late medieval and early modern periods explores the relationship between society and the environment - the ways in which humans responded to and used the environment in which they lived. The author uses the orders and bylaws made by manorial courts to build up a picture of how pastoral society in the Pennine, Lake District and Border hills husbanded the resources of the uplands. It offers an upland, pastoral paradigm of land use, the management of common land, and the transition from medieval to early-modern farming systems to balance the extensive literature on the agrarian history of the lowlands. The geographical scope of the book includes the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, the Border hills, the North Pennines and the Forest of Bowland. The author captures the distinctive local culture of traditional pastoral communities in these much visited
 areas of Britain.

Prof. Angus J.L. Winchester

Professor Angus Winchester
Bowland College
Lancaster University
United Kingdom
Email: a.winchester at
Tel: +44 1524 592559
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