The Midland Peasant

The economic and social history of a Leicestershire village


W G Hoskins


Macmillan, London, 1957
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Printing Details

First edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14cm, xxii + 322pp with folding map to rear.

The Midland Peasant, one of Hoskins' most admired works, portrays, with the aid of local records, a monumentally stable peasant society, which greatly strengthened its roots during the 16th and 17th centuries. English agrarian life in this period is seen through Wigston Magna in Leicestershire, one of the largest villages in the Midlands, and the free peasantry were the largest single class within it. An open-field village of the 'classic' type, its three fields remained unchanged until their disappearance in 1766.


The book is in good condition with a little foxing throughout. The dustwrapper has suffered some wear (there is a small hole to base of the spine and a black mark to the front). It is now within a protective sleeve. A good reading copy.

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