This authoritative survey of Britain in the later middle ages comprises 28 chapters written by leading international specialists in the field. The volume is broad-ranging, discussing the social, economic, political, religious and cultural history of England, Scotland, and Wales from 1100 to 1500. It also includes full coverage of Ireland during the period. The chapters guide readers through the different perspectives from which historians have approached late medieval Britain and examine ways in which current debates might be resolved. The volume is ideal for upper-level students seeking an overview of the later middle ages and the historiographic controversies surrounding the era. At the same time, the contributions address questions at the leading edge of scholarship, and will therefore also be of interest to advanced researchers in the field.
S. H. Rigby is Reader in History at the University of Manchester. His previous publications include Engels and the Formation of Marxism (1992), English Society in the Later Middle Ages (1995), Chaucer in Context (1996) and Marxism and History (second edition, 1998).