IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 329: Continuity and Change in the Late Medieval English Town, II: Beyond 'Urban Oligarchy'

Monday 1 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Department of History, Durham University
Organiser:Dana Durkee, Department of History, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Christian Liddy, Department of History, Durham University
Paper 329-aPrivate Families and Public Institutions in the Medieval English Town before 1350
(Language: English)
Sarah Rees Jones, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Administration, Architecture - Secular, Archives and Sources, Mentalities
Paper 329-bHow Broad Was Participation in Civic Government?: Assessing the Role of Non-Elite Men in Administering the City
(Language: English)
Samantha Sagui, Department of History, Fordham University
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 329-cPreserving Merchant Identities?: The Stockfishmongers' Company of London, c. 1300-1550
(Language: English)
Justin Colson, Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban

Over the last thirty years interest in the socio-economic and political fortunes of late medieval English towns has been dominated by notions of ‘urban decline’ and ‘urban oligarchy’. These debates have stalled. Yet, while historians have sometimes questioned their relevance, discussion of urban society and economy and urban politics and government in the late Middle Ages seems to be impossible without reference to these concepts. This session explores the exercise of power and authority within a range of settings outside of the narrow confines of the formal apparatus of civic oligarchy.