The geography of food riots, 1585–1649
in Crowds and popular politics in early modern England
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

manchesterhive requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals - to see content that you/your institution should have access to, please log in through your library system or with your personal username and password.

If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/extracts and download selected front and end matter. 

Institutions can purchase access to individual titles; please contact for pricing options.


If you have an access token for this content, you can redeem this via the link below:

Redeem token

This chapter offers a preliminary indication of the patterning of food riots between 1585 and 1649 in early modern England. Urbanisation, regional specialisation and market integration were the larger changes against which disorder was directed in this period. Since the central government kept an anxious watch on outbreaks of disorder in conditions of scarcity, its records provide a reasonably accurate indication of the chronology and topography of the food riot. These records have been supplemented by, and checked against, a systematic search of central legal and local records. A deadly combination of trade depression and harvest failure (1630) brought a notable increase in disorder in the period 1629-31. In 1629, there was disorder in Somerset and Essex, occasioned by a shared grievance: the export of grain.


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 44 20 0
Full Text Views 62 6 0
PDF Downloads 19 4 0