This book surveys the economy of Wales from Norman invasion to Anglo-Welsh union. Key themes include the evolution of the agrarian economy; the growth of towns; the adoption of a money economy; English colonization; the collapse of native Welsh social structures and the rise of economic individualism; the disastrous effect of the Glyndŵr rebellion; and alignment with the English economy.
World ex GB, US, CA
‘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, Bangor
Matthew Frank Stevens is Senior Lecturer in History at Swansea University. His work is primarily focused on the economic, legal and social history of later medieval Britain and Europe.