|Title||:||Seasonal Settlement: Papers Presented to a Meeting of the Medieval Settlement Research Group Held in the Department of English Local History, University of Leicester|
|Number of Pages||:||69 Pages|
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Seasonal Settlement: Papers Presented to a Meeting of the Medieval Settlement Research Group Held in the Department of English Local History, University of Leicester Reviews
This slight publication is important in that it represents the flourishing of a movement within the academy to take the idea of seasonal settlement in the British Mediaeval period seriously. Six papers, culled from a conference on the same topic take in transhumant pastoralism in Gloucestershire, Cornwall, Man and Northern England whilst one focuses on the origins of Devon fishing villages as seasonal settlements.The papers are principally written from what's best described as a landscape history perspective, with place name elements the overt focus of one paper although Peter Herring's contribution on the seasonal habitation of Bodmin Moor and Christopher Dyer's on the Cotswolds makes good use of the evidence collected in their careers as landscape archaeologists. The line between the two disciplines has always been thin though and the strength of a book such as this is in its engagement with every line of evidence.The two stand-out papers for me are that by Herring and the introduction written by Fox, which happens to be the longest paper in the book. These move beyond the descriptive and begin to explore what seasonality of habitation may have meant for people - from social organisation at the higher (political) level to the impact on families.