Early Medieval Surrey : Landholding , Church and Settlement before 1300

John Blair - a Fellow of The Queen's College Oxford

This book was originally published in 1991 and is made available here by kind permission of the author.

This is a study of institutions and the economy in Surrey during the early and central Middle Ages. The many themes discussed here have seen much research in the last twenty years: the manorial structure, agrarian growth, field-systems, parish churches and the parochial system. But the more they are examined, the more the hidden problems emerge and the less adequate the old generali- zations seem. Only very detailed local studies such as this will tell us what was really happening. The author ensures that each institution is set against its historical context and aims to show how systems of lordship, tenure, agriculture, ecclesiastical jurisdiction and pastoral care changed together and affected each other. In so doing he provides much more than a local study, for these are the details that form the essential core of our under- standing of institutions and practices that still affect Britain today.

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