Urban Life In The Middle Ages, 1000-1450 / Edition 1

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Intended primarily for a student audience, this clearly presented study compares the development and fortune of urban centres across Europe. A principal aim is to explain why there was a great period of urban expansion during the 11th century and to explore the stresses and oppertunities of the late Middle Ages which transformed European urbanism. Sections examine town charters and municipal government, urban laws and social exclusion, lorship and urbanisation, urban landscapes, property and urban life at home and in the workplace.
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This is an excellent introduction to urban studies, from a novel perspective - it is the first book on medieval towns to give the urban space proper attention, and the only one I know to take a cultural history perspective Professor Christopher Dyer, University of Leicester

Lilley (human geography, Queen's U., Belfast) examines the urbanization of Europe in the Middle Ages, and the ways in which people of various social levels participated in urban life. The text is thematic in structure, addressing such topics as the legal framework structuring urban life, lordship and urbanization, town planning and design, property and landholding, and the daily activities of townspeople in their homes and workplaces. The author compares different towns and cities across Europe, from across the time span of the Middle Ages, as well as comparing differences within individual towns and cities. Illustrated in b&w. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333712498
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: European Culture and Society Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 311
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith D. Lilley is Lecturer in human geography at Queen's University, Belfast.

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Table of Contents

Urban Legacies
• Institutional Urbanism
• Geographies of Urban Law
• Lordship and Urbanisation
• Urban Landscapes
• Urban Property and Landholding
• Townspeople and Townscapes

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