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Beyond the Medieval Village: The Diversification of Landscape Character in Southern Britain (Stephen Rippon) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2009) 9780199203826
Beyond the Medieval Village: The Diversification of Landscape Character in Southern Britain (Stephen Rippon) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2009) 9780199203826
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Title: Beyond the Medieval Village: The Diversification of Landscape Character in Southern Britain

Author: Rippon, Stephen

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2009

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199203826

Volumes: 1; Pages: 336

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The varied character of Britain's countryside and towns provides communities with a strong sense of local identity. One of the most significant features of the southern British landscape is the way that its character differs from region to region, with compact villages in the Midlands contrasting with the sprawling hamlets of East Anglia and isolated farmsteads of Devon. Even more remarkable is the very "English" feel of the landscape in southern Pembrokeshire, in the far south west of Wales.Hoskins described the English landscape as "the richest historical record we possess," and in this book Stephen Rippon explores the origins of regional variations in landscape character, arguing that while some landscapes date back to the centuries either side of the Norman Conquest, other areas across southern Britain underwent a profound change around the 8th century A.D.. Table of Contents1. Introduction: Beyond Villages and Open Fields2. At the Margins of the Champion Countryside: The Emergence of Villages and Common Fields in Somerset3. Abbots, Bishops, Thegns or Communities: who was Responsible for Somerset's Champion Countryside?4. Across the Watershed: The Development of Landscapes Characterized by Dispersed Settlement in the South West5. Champion and Woodland? Landscape Evolution Beyond the 'Central Province' in Greater East Anglia6. Marching On? The Development of Villages and Open Fields in South Wales7. Conclusions
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