Historical geography is an active, theoretically-informed and vibrant field of study within modern geography, with strong interdisciplinary connections with the humanities and the social sciences. The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography provides an international and in-depth overview of the field with chapters that examine the history, present condition and future significance of historical geography in relation to recent developments and current research. The Handbook is in two volumes, divided across nine parts. Volume One includes commentaries on the history and geography of historical geography, and reviews how historical geographers have considered the appropriation, management and representation of landscape, the changing geographies of property, land, money and financial capital, and the demographic, medical and political analysis of the world's growing and mobile population. Volume Two shows how historical geographers have made significant contributions to geopolitical debates about the relationships between nation-states and empires, to environmental challenges posed by human interaction with the natural world, to studies of the cultural, intellectual and political implications of modern science and technology, and to investigations of communicative action, artefacts, performances and representations. The final part reviews the methodological and ethical challenges of historical geography as a publicly engaged research practice. Part 1: Histories and Geographies; Part 2: Land and Landscapes; Part 3: Property and Money; Part 4: Population and Mobility; Part 5: Territory and Geopolitics; Part 6: Environment and Nature; Part 7: Science and Technology; Part 8: Meaning and Communication; and Part 9: Studies in Practice.

Chapter 11: Land, Landscape and Home

Land, Landscape and Home

Land, landscape and home
Briony McDonagh

In late October 1582, a large group of women from the village of Braunston in Northamptonshire assembled with their cattle on common land at the east end of the village. Led by a woman named Mary Clarke, the group assaulted and threw stones at two men – Henry Judkyns and William Hickman – who were erecting the frame of a house on the common. The women seem to have then drawn back, but returned later that day and pulled down the frame of the house. The story reached the courts some months later and the resulting evidence clearly exposes the motivations of those involved. Judkyns was attempting to illegally squat part of the common, in order ...

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