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The Cambridge Urban History of Britain

Volume 1. 600–1540

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D. M. Palliser, Grenville Astill, James Campbell, Richard Holt, Richard Britnell, Julia Barrow, T. R. Slater, E. Patricia Dennison, Derek Keene, David A. Hinton, John Blair, Barrie Dobson, S. H. Rigby, E. Ewan, Gervase Rosser, John Schofield, Geoffrey Stell, Caroline M. Barron, Jennifer Kermode, Maryanne Kowaleski, Christopher Dyer, Barbel Brodt, Ralph Griffiths, G. Grant Simpson, Alan Dyer
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108716116

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  • The first volume of The Cambridge Urban History surveys the history of British towns from their post-Roman origins in the seventh century down to the sixteenth century. It provides the first detailed overview of the course of medieval urban development, and draws on archaeological and architectural as well as historical sources. The volume combines thematic analysis with regional and national surveys, with full coverage of developments in England, Scotland and Wales, and the whole represents a major step forward in the understanding of the medieval British town.

    • The first comprehensive study of British urban development in the medieval period
    • Includes coverage of Scotland as well as England and Wales
    • Contributions by the leading scholars in the field offer a new generation of work to the reader
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is an ambitious and rewarding work encompassing the research of a generation of urban historians, archaeologists, geographers, and architects.' Journal of Social History

    '… the volume offers a feast to the attentive reader...the individual chapters seem to be in conversation with one another. Moreover, each and every one of the chapters summarizes the most up-to-date scholarship, whether on English, Scottish, or Welsh settlements...the extensive treatment of the Church and its role in English cultural, economic, and social life is one of the finest features of the book.' Journal of Interdisciplinary History

    'This magnificent volume is a sound and thoughtful foundation for medieval urban studies, deserving a place on any historian's shelves.' Medieval Prosopography

    ‘… the volumes supply the first truly urban country with a fitting and comprehensive history … a coherent and systematic survey which is both scholarly and accessible … some genuinely new and innovative investigations which fill real gaps in our knowledge … essential reading to all interested in the history of medieval Britain and will undoubtedly inspire new research into towns as institutions and as social and economic communities.’ The Ricardian

    ‘… a glittering collection of essays …’. History

    ‘… not only immensely informative but also very readable … this is urban history with a human face … In its breadth and its depth this volume is a spectacular achievement. It looks set to provide the stimulus for further research into the urban history of medieval Britain for a long time to come.’ The Economic History Review

    ‘On the whole few collected volumes contain so much good scholarship as does The Cambridge Urban History of Britain, and it will be, no doubt, the starting-point for any future research in the field of British urban history.’ London Journal

    ‘This fine volume will undoubtedly be regarded for many years to come as the authoritative survey of its subject.’ Barbara Harvey

    ‘ … a splendid book which enables the reader to share in the historic urban landscape.’ Society for Landscape Studies

    'All the contributors are authoritative and the whole massive book is superbly orchestrated.' Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature

    ‘… splendid collection, which is at once an excellent urban history of Britain and a history of Britain from the urban perspective … as well as important, interesting as well as judicious, thoughtful as well as scholarly. the volumes bulge with knowledge … alongside this must be recorded the sheer exhilaration of reading so much first-rate scholarship … urban history and these volumes will be dome a disservice if they are classified in a misleading narrow fashion.’ The Times Higher Education Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108716116
    • length: 893 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 55 mm
    • weight: 1.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Maps and figures
    List of contributors
    Part I. Introductory:
    1. Introduction D. M. Palliser
    2. The origins of British towns D. M. Palliser
    Part II. The Early Middle Ages c.650–c.1300:
    3. General survey Grenville Astill
    4. Power and authority James Campbell
    5. Society and population Richard Holt
    6. The economy of British towns Richard Britnell
    7. Churches, education and literacy in towns Julia Barrow
    8. The topography of towns D. M. Palliser, T. R. Slater and E. Patricia Dennison
    9. London from the post-Roman period to 1300 Derek Keene
    10. The large towns to c.1300 David A. Hinton
    11. Small towns 650–1270 John Blair
    Part III. The Later Middle Ages c.1300–c.1540:
    12. General survey Barrie Dobson
    13. Government, power and authority S. H. Rigby and E. Ewan
    14. The economy of British towns Richard Britnell
    15. Urban culture and the church Gervase Rosser
    16. The built environment John Schofield and Geoffrey Stell
    17. London Caroline M. Barron
    18. The greater towns Jennifer Kermode
    19. Port towns: England and Wales Maryanne Kowaleski
    20. Small towns 1270–1540 Christopher Dyer
    Part IV. Regional Surveys:
    21. Regional introduction (England and Wales) Derek Keene and D. M. Palliser
    22a. The south-east of England Derek Keene
    22b. The south-west of England T. R. Slater
    22c. The Midlands Christopher Dyer
    22d. East Anglia Barbel Brodt
    22e. Wales and the Marches Ralph Griffiths
    22f. Northern towns Jennifer Kermode
    23. Scotland E. Patricia Dennison and G. Grant Simpson
    Part V. Conclusion:
    24. Conclusion D. M. Palliser
    Appendix: ranking lists of English medieval towns Alan Dyer
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    D. M. Palliser, University of Leeds


    D. M. Palliser, Grenville Astill, James Campbell, Richard Holt, Richard Britnell, Julia Barrow, T. R. Slater, E. Patricia Dennison, Derek Keene, David A. Hinton, John Blair, Barrie Dobson, S. H. Rigby, E. Ewan, Gervase Rosser, John Schofield, Geoffrey Stell, Caroline M. Barron, Jennifer Kermode, Maryanne Kowaleski, Christopher Dyer, Barbel Brodt, Ralph Griffiths, G. Grant Simpson, Alan Dyer

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