Popular Protest in Late Medieval English Towns

Popular Protest in Late Medieval English Towns

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by Samuel K. Cohn, Jr
     
 

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Contrary to received opinion, revolts and popular protests in medieval English towns were as frequent and as sophisticated, if not more so, as those in the countryside. This groundbreaking study refocuses attention on the varied nature of popular movements in towns from Carlisle to Dover and from the London tax revolt of Longbeard in 1196 to Jack Cade's Rebellion in

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Contrary to received opinion, revolts and popular protests in medieval English towns were as frequent and as sophisticated, if not more so, as those in the countryside. This groundbreaking study refocuses attention on the varied nature of popular movements in towns from Carlisle to Dover and from the London tax revolt of Longbeard in 1196 to Jack Cade's Rebellion in 1450, exploring the leadership, social composition, organisation and motives of popular protest. The book charts patterns of urban revolt in times of strong and weak kingship, contrasting them with the broad sweep of ecological and economic change that inspired revolts on the continent. Samuel Cohn demonstrates that the timing and character of popular revolt in England differed radically from revolts in Italy, France and Flanders. In addition, he analyses repression and waves of hate against Jews, foreigners and heretics, opening new vistas in the comparative history of late medieval Europe.

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"Recommended."
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"What we have here is an important book based on thorough research that never fails to enlighten and absorb the reader."
Sean McGlynn, History

"This is a bold book, making large claims. Cohn provides brief accounts of numerous outbreaks of unrest in medieval towns which will be interesting to local historians."
Heather Falvey, The Ricardian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107529359
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2015
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Samuel K. Cohn, Jr is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Glasgow. His work over the past decade has concentrated on plague and the history of popular insurrection and his previous publications include Cultures of Plague: Medical Thinking at the End of the Renaissance (2010) and Lust for Liberty: The Politics of Social Revolt in Medieval Europe, 1200–1425 (2006).

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Winding path through woods. Fields with wildflowers are in front of you, with shepherds herding sheep. There is a huge marble palace in the distance, with assorted buildings around it.