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Horses, Oxen and Technological Innovation

Horses, Oxen and Technological Innovation
The Use of Draught Animals in English Farming from 1066–1500

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  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521525084

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  • The introduction of the horse brought many advantages to medieval English farming, particularly as an improvement to ploughing and hauling. But the replacement of oxen by horses was by no means inevitable, as the situation often depended upon a number of factors not immediately obvious to modern eyes. These factors, which included such environmental aspects as soil types and terrain, are evaluated to see how they affected the decision to use horses and oxen. The introduction of the horse is furthermore examined in relation to farm production, the improvement in marketing, and the development of regionalism; and various theories regarding technological innovation are assessed to see whether this or that innovation acted in a predictable way. Most importantly, the study affords a glimpse into the working of the minds of medieval farmers as they approached the problems of livelihood and survival.

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    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521525084
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Preface
    Abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. The work-horse as a technological innovation
    2. The initial stages: England from 1066 to 1200
    3. The demesne:
    1200–1500
    4. The peasantry:
    1200–1500
    5. Conclusions
    Appendix
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    John Langdon, University of Alberta

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