North west England has largely been neglected in studies of medieval landscapes in favour of the Midlands and East Anglia although it has much to offer. Described here as a `frontier landscape' encompassing the modern regions of Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester, the author discusses changes to the medieval landscape and why these occurred. He outlines and characterises the major period of expansion and economic boom that took place in the north west from 1086 to 1349 and asks why political and military matters seen to have had such an important role in landscape change. Issues of perceived marginality are also discussed as Higham looks in turn at the local population and their environment, land use and agrarian practices, woodland, forest and pasture, buildings, farms and estates, markets and fairs and the Church and the landscape. A great addition to the series.
N.J. Higham is Reader in Medieval History at the University of Manchester. His many books include The Kingdom of Northumbria, AD 350 - 1100.
The North West and Landscape History. Settlement, Landscape and Community to 1070. Population, Environment and the Medieval Agrarian Landscape. Woodland, Forest and Pasture. Farm, House and Castle. Boroughs, Markets and Fairs. The Church and the Landscape. Postscript. Bibliography. Index.