By Christopher Dyer
Christopher Dyer examines the transition within the financial system and society of britain among 1250 and 1550. utilizing new resources of facts, he demonstrates that vital structural adjustments after 1350 equipped at the advertisement development of the 13th century. He exhibits that improvement of person estate, reaction to new intake styles, and use of credits and funding, got here from the peasantry instead of the aristocracy. An Age of Transition?, an important new paintings via a most sensible medievalist, unearths how England used to be set on the right track to develop into the 'first business nation'.
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1300, there were as many bridges as in the early eighteenth century, on the eve of the industrial revolution. 1530, and still only ten in 1700. 56 Heavy and bulky goods were carried, wherever possible, by water. 57 Large parts of the country, however, were not served by nearby waterways, and therefore depended on the roads. 1300 the cost of carriage by road was quite high, at about 11⁄2 d. 58 53 J. Chartres, Internal Trade in England 1500–1700, Economic History Society (1977), 39–41. P. J. Weddell and S.
Meanwhile the peasants seem more adapted to the needs of the market. Improvements in technology can be linked to the increase in buying and selling. Peasants acquired horses and carts in the thirteenth century, partly in order to carry goods to market. They also sometimes hauled their ploughs with horses, as at Cuxham in Oxfordshire in the thirteenth century. They could buy the horses quite cheaply, and they were not expensive to feed, as they needed to work for only a few weeks in the year to cultivate a holding of about 12 acres.
The urban artisans and small-scale traders stimulated the better-off peasants into expanding production, and the demand from peasants in turn encouraged an increase in the number of specialist artisans to make more cloth, utensils, and implements, and to prepare food and drink for consumption in both town and country. 64 As there were four thousand 62 E. A. Wrigley, ‘Urban Growth and Agricultural Change: England and the Continent in the Early Modern Period’, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 15 (1985), 683–728.