Farming Transformed in Anglo-Saxon England: Agriculture in the Long Eighth Century (2008, Windgather Press).
Anglo-Saxon farming has traditionally been seen as the wellspring of English agriculture, setting the pattern for 1000 years to come – but it was more important than that. A rich harvest of archaeological data is now revealing the untold story of agricultural innovation, the beginnings of a revolution, in the age of Bede. How old were sheep left to grow, and what pathologies did cattle sustain? What does wheat chaff have to do with lordship and the market economy? What connects ovens in Roman Germany with barley maltings in early medieval Northamptonshire? And just how interested were Saxon nuns in cultivating the opium poppy? Armed with a powerful new dataset, Farming Transformed sets out to explore these fundamental questions about the minutiae of early medieval farming.