Lordship and Medieval Urbanisation: Coventry, 1043-1355

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Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2004 - History - 330 pages
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The processes by which medieval urban communities were formed and developed can be clearly seen in this study of Coventry. Following a survey of Domesday evidence, the book goes on to look at the mechanisms for economic growth in Coventry during the twelfth century, in which both lay and monastic lords played a significant part. Coventry in the thirteenth century reveals other issues: migration to and from the town, the occupational structure within Coventry, and the urban land market. The story of Coventry's development into the fourteenth century ranges over trade, manufacturing and occupations, and notes changes in the land market. Making extensive use of the town's rich documentation, this study presents the reader with a closely argued analysis of the stages by which Coventry developed from its origins in the Anglo-Saxon past to a vibrant and wealthy urban community on the eve of the Black Death. Dr RICHARD GODDARD teaches in the School of History, University of Nottingham.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
the evidence for urbanisation
21
Coventrys parochial structure c 1800
24
List of Tables
25
properties acquired before 1279
38
Market area
43
The twelfth and early thirteenth
49
The Priors Half
57
Coventry occupations 120099
161
Comparative occupations in thirteenthcentury English towns
167
The urban land market 12001299
190
Mean considerations by area
194
Decennial trends in grain prices and considerations 11601356
202
Decennial trends in grain prices and rents 11601356
204
Decennial trends in grain prices and value 11601356
206
Trade and manufacturing 13001358
213

The acquisitions of Coventry Priory 12001355
91
Much and Little Park Streets
104
Mullone and New Street
108
Medieval Southam
110
Acquisitions by obedientiaries
112
The acquisition of priory properties 12811350
118
Potential yearly profit on the Montalt purchase
128
Patterns of migration 12501299
137
Thirteenthcentury urban occupations 166
141
Immigration into Coventry 125099
145
Longdistance migration into Coventry 125099
146
Local migration into Coventry 125099
148
Comparative immigration to late thirteenth and early
149
Occupational structure 12001299
156
Coventry occupations 130058
226
Cloth sales Coventry and Birmingham 13978
231
The urban land market 13001355
234
Ranking of Coventry streets in the thirteenth and fourteenth
244
Mean yearly leasehold rent 130055
252
Trade credit and the Statute Merchant 13001355
256
Coventrys longdistance trading hinterland 130055
267
Coventrys local trading hinterland 130055
269
Mean yearly bond values 130055
272
Frequency distribution of surviving Coventry bonds 130054
274
Conclusion
290
Murage and pavage grants 1285 1305 1329
299
Index
321
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