By James E. Thorold Rogers
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year:2011
Online Publication Date:May 2012
Original Publication Year:1872
Subjects: Economic history , British history: general interest
Since early times, agriculture has been pivotal to England's economy. This is the third in a magisterial seventh-volume, eight-piece compilation by the economist James E. Thorold Rogers (1823–90), which represents the most complete record of produce costs in England between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries. Drawing on a variety of sources including college archives and the Public Record Office, Rogers documents the fluctuating prices of commodities such as livestock, wheat, hay, wool, textiles and labour in a time of great economic change, when the growing economy of the early middle ages was shaken by famine and the Black Death, and then gradually recovered towards the Agrarian Revolution. First published in 1882, this volume presents in tabular form data from 1401 to 1582, showing the prices of a range of products and services in towns and cities across the country. The data are then discussed in essays in Volume 4.