Rosamond Faith is author of The English Peasantry and the Growth of Lordship (1997) and co-author, with Debby Banham, of Anglo-Saxon Farms and Farming (2014). Her research has focused on peasant families and farms in medieval Provence and England, and on the nature of lordship, peasant resistance and how medieval people managed the different landscapes they lived in.
In the third of a sequence of magisterial and thought provoking books about early English rural society, Ros Faith forces us to face the problem of how lordship managed to establish itself in Anglo-Saxon England at all. Her profound and radical understanding of how peasant life works on the ground shines through at every point. Everyone who is interested in English society before 1200, or indeed later, will have to read this book. Chris Wickham, University of Oxford Representing the fruit of over five decades' work on the medieval peasantry, this book takes us closer to the lived world of the Anglo-Saxon peasantry than I would have ever thought possible. It revises traditional wisdom on a host of important subjects, from the origins of feudalism to the impact on the Norman Conquest, and will be the go-to book on early English rural society and life for many years to come. Levi Roach, University of Exeter