Meditations on the Historical Production of Spaces

Eel-Rents

As a part of my dissertation I’ve been researching eel-rents in medieval England.  I am in the process of assembling a database of eel-rents from the 10th century onward.  Though eels (and probably other in-kind rents) become increasingly replaced by currency by the 13th century, there are still eel-rents on the books into the 1600s.  I’m planning on mapping the eel-rents both by the origin of the eels and by their destination, with the hops of creating a good visualization of the movement of eels as currency around the country.  At present, though, I only have origins mapped, along with notes and citations.  You can see more here.

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