Victoria L. McAlister
Search for other papers by Victoria L. McAlister in
Current site
Google Scholar
The medieval agrarian economy
Lifeblood of the tower house
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

Medieval Europe was a predominantly agrarian society. Although the extent to which manorialism existed within medieval Ireland has been debated, pre-modern Ireland’s economy was nevertheless dominated by agriculture. This chapter identifies what specific kinds of agriculture occurred at tower houses. The distribution and roles of arable, pastoral and mixed agricultural economies are considered. An underappreciated evidence source for tower house control of the historical agrarian economy are water mills, found here to be a manorial feature often located in conjunction with tower houses.

  • Collapse
  • Expand

All of MUP's digital content including Open Access books and journals is now available on manchesterhive.


The Irish tower house

Society, economy and environment, c. 1300–1650


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 209 46 10
Full Text Views 17 1 0
PDF Downloads 13 4 0