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P.D.A. Harvey is a historian of medieval rural England with a wide interest in the history of cartography; this collection of his essays brings together both these strands. It first looks at the English countryside from the 10th century to the 15th, investigating problems in particular documents, in the village community and in underlying long-term changes. How landlords drew profits from their property in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, how and why there followed changes in the way landed estates were run and in the written records they produced, what new light their personal seals can throw on medieval peasants, are all among the topics discussed, while the local management of large estates and the development of the peasant land market are themes that recur throughout. There follow essays on the way maps were brought into the management of landed estates in the 16th and 17th centuries, starting with the introduction of consistent scale into mapping, a new concept crucially important in the general history of topographical maps. The collection closes by looking at some of the traps that both documents and maps set for the historian of the English countryside.
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Continuing his memoirs of his time on Sir Charles Buckleys estate James Aden deals with obstacles from the discovery of Roman treasure to the tramp living in the attic of Frampton Hall he finds his days varied especially with the arrival of Sir Charless heir Sebastian who provides him with insights into the life of the traditional landed estates as they slowly come to terms with the twenty first century. Rustic tales from a Suffolk country estate. Also available An English Country Manner Youve Done What My Lord