The Isle of Axholme, 1540-1640: economy and society
Fleet, Peter F. (2002) The Isle of Axholme, 1540-1640: economy and society. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
In the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the rapid growth of population produced both pressure on land and an increase in the demand for com, the supply of which was inelastic, resulting in inflation of food prices compared with manufactured commodities. The consensus of many writers is that the rich grew richer while the poor grew poorer because the larger farmers who could market surpluses of food, and also increase their landholding, benefited at the expense of the smaller farmer, who produced only sufficient for subsistence.
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