IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1612: The Changing Identity of Medieval Towns

Thursday 12 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Urban Culture, University of Nottingham
Organiser:Richard Holt, Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Moderator/Chair:Keith Lilley, School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast
Paper 1612-aUrban Communities in Italy: From Roman to Medieval
(Language: English)
Ross Balzaretti, Institute for Medieval Research, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Ecclesiastical History, Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 1612-bEngland 900-1100: The Urban Transformation
(Language: English)
Richard Holt, Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - Rural, Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 1612-cCycles of Growth and Decline in Medieval English Cities, c. 1100-1540
(Language: English)
Richard M. Goddard, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Demography, Economics - Rural, Economics - Urban, Social History
Abstract

The emergence of medieval cities with their distinct character and functions contributed to wider processes of economic, social, and political change, and played a large part in determining the identity of the emerging communities of western Europe. The transformation from the early medieval city to the complex urban communities observed everywhere by about 1200 is a further significant change, although the chronology of the process remains uncertain, and to an extent neglected. The papers in this session will compare and contrast the rise and transformation of cities in Italy and in England, and then go on to follow changes in the nature of English cities during the later middle ages, as they reflected change in society at large.