Around the year 1000 Rodulfus Glaber described France as being in the throes of a building boom. He may have been the first writer to perceive the early medieval period as a Dark Age that was ending to be replaced by a better world. This book discusses the ways in which this transformation took place.
Introduction.; Part I The Matrix: Mentality and Demography: The ascent of Latin Europe, K. Leyser; On the evidence of growth of population from the 11th to the 13th century, L. Genicot; The 'feudal' economy and capitalism: words, ideas and reality, J. Heers; Cultural climates and technological advance in the Middle Ages, L. White Jr.; Part II Infrastructure and Ecology: Economic development and aquatic ecosystems in medieval Europe, R.C. Hoffmann, The extent of the English royal forest in the 13th century, M.L. Bazeley; The evolution of land transport in the Middle Ages, R.S. Lopez; A day's journey in medieval France, M.N. Boyer; The Cistercian order and the settlement of Northern England, R.A. Donkin.; Part III The Rural Economy: Chronology of labour services, M. Postan; An Italian estate, 900-1200, P.J. Jones; Lords and peasants: a reappraisal of medieval economic relationships, M. Toch; An industrial revolution of the 13th century, E.M. Carus-Wilson.; Part IV Urban and Commercial Expansion: L'evolution urbaine pendant le haut Moyen Age, M. Lombard; Settlement patterns, urban functions and capital formation in medieval Flanders, D. Nicholas. Index.