IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1027: Small Towns

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Moderator/Chair:Richard Holt, Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Paper 1027-aMedieval Knaresborough: Royalty, Iron, and Religion
(Language: English)
Richard Koch, Hillyer College, University of Hartford, Connecticut
Index terms: Architecture - General, Economics - General, Geography and Settlement Studies, Local History

Paper a: Knaresborough’s past is a window onto Enlgand’s medieval history. Its roots lie deep in the Celtic, Danish, Anglo-Saxon, and Norman past. Knaresborough Castle was a significant defensive post. The town and forest were centres of trade and the iron industry. Knaresborough was also a focal point for local religious cults and piety. What sets the town apart is its links with national events such as Becket’s murder and the captivity of Richard II. Knaresborough has particular links to King John, Queen Philippa, and Edward III. The town suffered the twin northern scourges: the Scots and the Black Death. Knaresborough’s castle and history inspired the life and work of the great Victorian historian, William Stubbs.