The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0166 Tuesday, 14 March 2006
Date: Monday, 13 Mar 2006 15:38:05 EST
Subject: Rents in Kind
In discussing Ben Jonson's poem "To Penshurst," the wonderful Alastair
Fowler several times, in several places, suggests that the "gifts"
presented in that poem could not have been "rent in kind" because by
1612 rents in southern England were paid in the form of money rather
than in the form of tangible products. Unfortunately, Fowler does not
provide a source for this claim. In her 2002 book "Maps and Memory in
Early Modern England," Rhonda Lemke Sanford does cite a source from 1578
describing the practice of paying rents in kind, but she does not
specifically dispute Fowler's claim about practices in Kent in 1612 (the
year of Jonson's poem).
I wonder if anyone on this list can provide evidence that would either
support or undermine the validity of Fowler's specific claims. Any help
would be appreciated.
Please forgive any cross-postings of this query.
With best wishes -
Robert C. (Bob) Evans
Auburn University Montgomery
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