After the Black Death: Society, economy and the law in fourteenth-century England - Reaction and regulation | University of Oxford

After the Black Death: Society, economy and the law in fourteenth-century England - Reaction and regulation

Speaker
Professor Mark Bailey, University of East Anglia
Event date
Event time
17:00
Venue
Examination Schools
75 - 81 High St
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 4BG
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Not required

Escalating prices and the sudden shortage of labour in the immediate aftermath of the Black Death posed an urgent threat to the ordained social order, spurring both seigniorial attempts to tighten control over serfdom and a raft of ambitious new government legislation.  By the 1360s, however, compromise and competition were more prominent than coercion, and irreversible institutional changes had been set in motion.

This lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the North School of Examination Schools.