IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 654: The People of Medieval London: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Medieval Prosopography
Organisers:Caroline M. Barron, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Joel Rosenthal, Department of History, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Moderator/Chair:Caroline M. Barron, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London

The four panellists have all carried out research into the guilds and companies of medieval London: the ironmongers, glovers, carpenters, and carters. The four speakers will bring to the round table their knowledge of four very different crafts, ranging from the ironmongers numbered among the ‘Great Twelve’ to the Carters who only formed themselves into a company in the early 16th century. The panel will work from a common agenda to discuss what can be determined about individual members of their crafts, their family life and household structures, and the role that their guild or company played in shaping their social, religious, and commercial lives. It is hoped that this discussion will throw light on how very different sets of records, created within a single geographical environment, can be used to answer common questions and issues and to analyse changing practices and priorities over time.

Participants include Peter Brown (Independent Scholar, London), Doreen Leach (Royal Holloway, University of London), Claire Martin (Royal Holloway, University of London), and Leah Rhys (Royal Holloway, University of London).