IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 622: Aliens and Foreigners in the City of London: Their Experiences at the Hands of the Crown and City Authorities

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Christine Winter, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Erik Spindler, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Paper 622-aAlien Goldsmiths in London, and their Relationship with the Crown, c. 1350-1450
(Language: English)
Jessica Lutkin, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 622-bNetherlandish Glaziers Working in London vs. City Authorities, 1526-1550
(Language: English)
Mary Bryan Curd, Department of Art History, Arizona State University
Index terms: Art History - General, Economics - Trade

In the late Middle Ages the City of London attracted many alien and foreign travellers, traders, and employment seekers. An examination of the experiences of alien goldsmith and jewel merchants reveals disparities in their dealings with the Crown and shows that nationality played a major role in a merchant’s experience. In contrast, writs, ordinances, and appeals against wrongful imprisonment in Chancery show that, whether through ignorance, necessity, or persecution, many aliens and foreigners found themselves on the wrong side of the law and that the civic authorities did not discriminate in punishing anybody who offended the rules of the City.