Medieval Southwark

Medieval Southwark

by Martha Carlin
     
 

Southwark, situated directly opposite the City of London at the southern end of London Bridge, was London's first suburb. Martha Carlin examines the urban development of medieval Southwark from its Roman origins. She traces in detail Southwark's transformation from a semirural straggle of dwellings into a denselyinhabited community displaying such characteristically… See more details below

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Southwark, situated directly opposite the City of London at the southern end of London Bridge, was London's first suburb. Martha Carlin examines the urban development of medieval Southwark from its Roman origins. She traces in detail Southwark's transformation from a semirural straggle of dwellings into a denselyinhabited community displaying such characteristically urban features as a diversified economy, a stratified and heterogeneous society, an excess of rubbish, and a traffic problem. This book is an important contribution to the study of medieval urban history.

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London's first suburb, at the southern end of London Bridge, is thought of today as a quaint bohemian district associated with Chaucer, brothels, and theaters. Carlin shows however that between 1200 and 1550 Londoners thought of it as an unruly enclave of undesirables, a commercial rival, and an administrative and judicial jungle. She traces the evolution of the topology, religious institutions, administration, population, economy, facilities and services, and urbanization. Illustrated only with a few maps. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9781852851163
Publisher:
Bloomsbury UK
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

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