The Economy of Medieval Wales, 1067-1536

Author(s): Matthew Frank Stevens

Language: English

Genre(s): Medieval

  • October 2019 · 144pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Paperback - 9781786834843
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786834867
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781786834874
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786834850

About The Book

This book surveys the economy of Wales from the first Norman intrusions of 1067 to the Act of Union of England and Wales in 1536. Key themes include the evolution of the agrarian economy; the foundation and growth of towns; the adoption of a money economy; English colonisation and economic exploitation; the collapse of Welsh social structures and rise of economic individualism; the disastrous effect of the Glyndŵr rebellion; and, ultimately, the alignment of the Welsh economy to the English economy. Comprising four chapters, a narrative history is presented of the economic history of Wales, 1067–1536, and the final chapter tests the applicability in a Welsh context of the main theoretical frameworks that have been developed to explain long-term economic and social change in medieval Britain and Europe.


‘Matthew Stevens’s new book is a succinct, fresh and at times challenging review of economic life in Wales between the eleventh and the sixteenth century. It provides a valuable guide to the historiography of the past century, places the study of Wales’s economies in an international frame, and enables Stevens to bring his own research and judgements to bear.’
-Emeritus Professor Ralph Griffiths, Swansea University

‘Students and scholars alike will learn much from this valuable study of Welsh medieval social and economic history. In particular, the author emphasises the multiplicity of causes that brought about economic change in medieval Wales, and shows how such change was affected by factors including conquest, ethnicity and geography, which do not fit easily into the over-arching models by which historians have often made sense of medieval economic development.’
-Emeritus Professor Stephen H. Rigby, University of Manchester

‘Matthew Stevens has produced the first book-length survey of the economic development of medieval Wales. His comprehensive coverage, supported by many local examples, together with his challenging and sometimes controversial analyses of the evidence and the views of previous historians, will appeal to a wide readership.’
-Dr David Stephenson, Honorary Research Fellow in History at Bangor University


1 Early History, Conquest and Colonisation, 1067–1315
2 The Medieval Economy at its Apex, 1282–1348
3 Crises and Restructuring, 1315–1536
4 Modelling the Economy of Medieval Wales

About the Author(s)

Matthew Frank Stevens

MATTHEW FRANK STEVENS is Senior Lecturer in History at Swansea University. His work is focused on the economic, legal and social history of later medieval Britain and Europe.

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