London in the Later Middle Ages: Government and People, 1200-1500

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - History - 472 pages
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This is the first full account of the evolution of the government of London from the tempestuous days of the Commune in the late twelfth century to the calmer waters of Tudor England. In this three-hundred-year period Londoners learnt how to construct, and to manage, 'self-government at the king's command'. They had to develop ways of negotiating with demanding and very different kings and to devise ways of raising money from citizens which were seen to be fair. London's elected rulershad also to resolve conflicting economic interests, to administer common resources and to protect and enhance the health and well-being of all those who lived in the city. London was by far the most populous and wealthy city in the kingdom, and its practices were widely copied throughout England. It was, as the Londoners claimed in 1339, the 'mirror and example to the whole land'.

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A major work by the acknowledged doyenne of medieval London studies in this generation --now almost the previous generation. With very useful lists of civic officials. Read full review

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As remarkable as it now appears, in light of fires, invasions, bombings, and intense religious and tribal purges, the civic records of the city of London between 1200-1500 remain intact. The author is ... Read full review

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Caroline M. Barron is a Professor of the History of London, Royal Holloway.

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