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Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

2002

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Assarting And Governmental Development In Twelfth-Century England: A Study Of The Pipe Roll Evidence Concerning Illegal Land Clearance, 1154-1189 , Kevin Dale Hill Jan 2002

Assarting And Governmental Development In Twelfth-Century England: A Study Of The Pipe Roll Evidence Concerning Illegal Land Clearance, 1154-1189 , Kevin Dale Hill

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

From the time human beings began cultivating crops, the quest for fertile crop land has been a prime objective. Since antiquity, farmers expanded their fields by clearing trees within or along the edges of neighboring forests. Likewise, as the population of Europe grew during the medieval period, the expansion of arable land was an important activity. In England, much of the land was cleared in a piecemeal fashion, via the assarts of both small and large landholders. Land clearance was an economically and environmentally important activity for all levels of society, yet historians, including agricultural historians, have largely ignored the ...