The Fountains Abbey Lease Book

The Fountains Abbey Lease Book

 The Lease Book provides a detailed insight into the economy of the richest Cistercian abbey in England from the late-fifteenth century until the Dissolution. 

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A register of leases and indentures compiled by Abbot William Thryske, in c.1533. The lease book provides an insight into the economy of the richest Cictercian abbey in England from the late-15th century until the Dissolution. By that time a significant proportion of the abbey’s income was derived from dairy-farming, and the Lease Book contains important information about this aspect of late-medieval pastoral husbandry, as well as on transhumance in relation to sheep flocks. It also provides details of the relationship between the monastery and its tenants, and of their social status, inheritance customs and ambitions.

  • Size 212 x 134mm
  • Format Hardback
  • Pages 340
  • ISBN 9780902122369
  • Editor D. J. H. Michelmore
  • Year 1981