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

Paperback | July 7, 2005

byCaroline M. Barron

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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. Caroline Barron shows how the elected rulers of London developed ways of dealing with both demanding monarchsand quarrelsome city inhabitants. The remarkable survival of the city's own records makes it possible to trace, in unexpected detail, the inner workings of civic politics and government over three hundred years. London was by far the most populous and wealthy city in the kingdom, and its practiceswere widely copied throughout England. It was, as the Londoners claimed in 1339, the 'mirror and example to the whole land'.

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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. Caroline Barron shows how the elected rulers of London developed ways of dealing with both demanding monarchsand quarrelsome city inhabitants. The remark...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:July 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I. City and Crown: The Reality of Royal Power1. The Demands of the Crown2. The Needs of the CityPart II. City and Prosperity: The Creation of Wealth3. The Economic Infrastructure4. The Manufacture and Distribution of Goods5. Overseas TradePart III. The Government of London6. The City Courts7. The Annually Elected Officials: Mayors and Sheriffs8. The Government of London: A Civic Bureaucracy9. From Guilds to CompaniesPart IV. The Practice of Civic Government10. The Urban Environment11. Welfare ProvisionEpilogueAnne Lancashire: Appendix 1: The Mayors and Sheriffs of London 1190-1558Appendix 2: Civic Office-Holders c.1300-c.1500BibliographyIndex

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`Review from previous edition Barron's book is a wonderful read, and the epitome of fine historical research and clarity of explanation. It is a reminder that we have ignored the eloquence that great writing on administrative history can achieve. Her mastery of primary source materials, bothfrom London and from the Public Record Office, is breathtaking.'Barbara Hanawalt, Reviews in History