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-a||Private Families and Public Institutions in the Medieval English Town before 1350|
Index terms: Administration, Architecture - Secular, Archives and Sources, Mentalities
|Paper 329-b||How Broad Was Participation in Civic Government?: Assessing the Role of Non-Elite Men in Administering the City|
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Social History
|Paper 329-c||Preserving Merchant Identities?: The Stockfishmongers' Company of London, c. 1300-1550|
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.