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Becoming through milling: challenging linear narratives in medieval England

Jervis, Ben ORCID: 2022. Becoming through milling: challenging linear narratives in medieval England. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 32 (2) , pp. 281-294. 10.1017/S0959774321000548

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The relationship between handmilling, undertaken in domestic contexts, and mechanized mills in medieval Kent is used to challenge linear approaches to economic progress in the Middle Ages. Inspired by posthuman perspectives which emphasize messiness, non-linearity and multiplicity, medieval economic development is re-imagined as a patchwork of intensive material processes. In so doing, an approach is developed which works towards dissolving problematic binaries between gendered labour, domestic and economic spheres and the Middle Ages and modernity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
ISSN: 0959-7743
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 December 2021
Date of Acceptance: 28 November 2021
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 04:16

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