Population and Society in an East Devon Parish

Reproducing Colyton 1540-1840

Pamela Sharpe

Population and Society in an East Devon Parish

Pamela Sharpe

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

408 pages | illustrations | 9 x 7 | © 2002
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780859896559 Published January 2002 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This book is a vivid and refreshing consideration of everyday life in a town visited by plague, Civil War, religious radicalism and industrial changes. What really happened in the place once described as 'the most rebellious town in Devon'? 
The town of Colyton in Devon has been intensively analysed by historians interested in population trends, but this book combines demographic information with extensive details of the economy, society and local politics of the parish and region. This finely-grained, micro-history stresses the diversity of local experience and exposes many facets of the lives of ordinary individuals during the period. 
The book provides valuable new material on religious radicalism, agricultural changes, economic development, local politics, poverty and welfare policies as well as the history of the family and lifecycle in a small town.
List of Illustrations
A Note on Sources and Dates
Publication Permission
Prologue: Investigating Colyton

Part One: Documents and Dissent
1.  Interpreting Colyton
2.  Dissenting People: The Politics of the Very Godly
Overview of Part One

Part Two: Economy and Locality
3.  Industrious Dealers: Trade and the Commercial Imperative
4.  Resourcefulness: Farming a Wood-Pasture Economy
Overview of Part Two

Part Three: Population and Society
5.  Demographic Experiences in a Devon Parish
6.  Inside the Parish: Management at the Margins
7.  Viable Households: Life-Cycle and Family in Colyton
Overview of Part Three

Epilogue: Reinterpreting Colyton: Explaining Population Change in the Parish
Appendix: The Methodology of Total Reconstitution
    Unpublished Theses and Papers
    Published Primary and Secondary Sources
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