Mapping the Medieval City: Space, Place and Identity in Chester c. 1200-1600

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This fascinating volume brings together scholars across a wide range of disciplines, including literary studies, history, geography, and archaeology, to investigate questions of space, place, and identity in the medieval city. Using medieval Chester as a case study—with attention to its location on the border between England and Wales, its rich multilingual culture, and its surviving infrastructure—these contributions recover the experience of medieval city living and in doing so provide fresh perspectives and ...

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Overview

This fascinating volume brings together scholars across a wide range of disciplines, including literary studies, history, geography, and archaeology, to investigate questions of space, place, and identity in the medieval city. Using medieval Chester as a case study—with attention to its location on the border between England and Wales, its rich multilingual culture, and its surviving infrastructure—these contributions recover the experience of medieval city living and in doing so provide fresh perspectives and generate new questions about urban space both during this period and beyond.

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John Hines
“Few material phenomena are as complex as the city. In its border location, the changing form of Chester dramatically reflects the vicissitudes of military, political, and economic fortune, and social difference and conflict within. This book is a model of multidisciplinary coherency, with a diverse collection of intelligent and thoughtful papers that not only reveal how medieval men and women in Chester made sense of their habitat for themselves, but at the same time map the solid, autonomous reality of the place.”
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Meet the Author

Catherine A. M. Clarke is lecturer in English and associate director of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research at Swansea University.

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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Abbreviations
Figures

1. Introduction: Medieval Chester: Views form the Walls
      Catherine A. M. Clarke
2. Urban Mappings: Visualizing Late Medieval Chester in Cartographic and Textual Form
      Keith D. Lilley
3. Framing Medieval Chester: the Landscape of Urban Boundaries
      C. P. Lewis
4. St Werburgh's, St John's and the Liber Luciani De Laude Cestrie
      John Doran
5. The Spatial Hermeneutics of Lucian's De Laude Cestrie
      Mark Faulkner
6. '3e beoð þe ancren of Englond . . . as þah 3e weren an cuuent of . . . Chester': Liminal Spaces and the Anchoritic life in Medieval Chester
      Liz Herbert McAvoy
7. Sanctity and the City: Sacred Space in Henry Bradshaw's Life of St Werburge
      Laura Varnam
8. Plotting Chester on the National Map: Richard Pynson's 1521 printing of Henry Bradshaw's Life of St Werburge
      Cynthia Turner Camp
9. The Outside Within: Medieval Chester and North Wales as a Social Space
      Helen Fulton
10. Mapping the Migrants: Welsh, Manx and Irish Settlers in fifteenth-century Chester
      Jane Laughton
11. Leeks for Livery: Consuming Welsh Difference in the Chester Shepherds' Play
      Robert W. Barrett, Jnr
12. Remembering Anglo-Saxon Mercia in late medieval and early modern Chester
      Catherine A. M. Clarke

Bibliography
Index

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