OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Waterways and Canal-Building in Medieval England

ISBN : 9780198723134

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¥5,566
著者: 
John Blair
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336 ページ
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Paperback
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173 x 247 mm
刊行日
2014年11月
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Medieval History and Archaeology
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A book centring on late Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman canals may come as a surprise; it is generally assumed that no such things existed. Persuasive evidence has, however, been unearthed independently by several scholars, and has stimulated this first serious study of improved waterways in England between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries. England is naturally well-endowed with a network of navigable rivers, especially the easterly systems draining into the Thames, Wash, and Humber. The central middle ages saw innovative and extensive development of this network, including the digging of canals bypassing difficult stretches of rivers, or linking rivers to important production centres. The eleventh and twelfth centuries seem to have been the high point for this dynamic approach to water-transport: after 1200, the improvement of roads and bridges increasingly diverted resources away from the canals, many of which stagnated with the reassertion of natural drainage patterns. This new perspective has an important bearing on the economy, landscape, settlement patterns, and inter-regional contacts of medieval England. In this volume, economic historians, geographers, geomorphologists, archaeologists, and place-name scholars bring their various skills to bear on a neglected but important aspect of medieval engineering and economic growth.

目次: 

Introduction
PART I: WATERWAYS, GEOGRAPHY AND ECONOMY
1. Barrier or Unifying Feature? Defining the Nature of Early Medieval Water Transport in the North-West
2. Uses of Waterways in Anglo-Saxon England
3. The Place-Name Evidence for Water Transport in Early Medieval England
4. Hythes, Small Ports and Other Landing Places in Later Medieval England
5. The Efficiency of Inland Water Transport in Medieval England
PART II: IMPROVED WATERWAYS AND CANALS
6. Identifying Human Modification of River Channels
7. Canal Construction in the Early Middle Ages: an Introductory Review
8. Waterways and Water Transport on Reclaimed Coastal Marshlands: the Somerset Levels and Beyond
9. The Water Roads of Somerset
10. Glastonbury's Anglo-Saxon Canal and Dunstan's Dyke
11. Early Water Management on the Lower River Itchen in Hampshire
12. Transport and Canal-Building on the Upper Thames, 1000-1300

著者について: 

John Blair, Queen's College, Oxford

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