Town and Country in Medieval North Western Europe: Dynamic Interactions

Town and Country in Medieval North Western Europe: Dynamic Interactions


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This volume explores the relationships and interactions between medieval urban populations and their rural counterparts across north western Europe from the seventh to sixteenth centuries. This theme has become increasingly fragmented in recent decades, resulting in scholars being largely unaware of developments outside their own areas. The present volume brings together historians and archaeologists in order to highlight the varied ways in which town-country interactions can be considered, from perspectives that include economy, politics, natural environment, material culture, and settlement hierarchy. As a whole, the papers offer innovative interdisciplinary perspectives on the topic that create a new platform from which to understand more fully the complex, bilateral relationships in which both urban and rural spheres were able to influence and challenge each other. Contributions are wide-ranging, from the activities of elite, aristocratic groups in and around individual towns, to large-scale surveys covering wide areas. With coverage from the North Sea to the western Baltic, the book will be relevant to a range of disciplines including archaeology, history, and geography, and is aimed towards both advanced students and established scholars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782503533872
Publisher: Brepols Publishers
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Series: Medieval Countryside Series , #11
Pages: 323
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Dynamic Interactions? Alexis Wilkin John Naylor 1

Urban-Rural Interactions in East Anglia: The Evidence from Zooarchaeology Pam J. Crabtree 35

Central Place and Periphery in Early and High Medieval North-Eastern German Territory Felix Biermann 49

Early Town Formation in the Northern Low Countries: Roman Heritage, Carolingian Impulses, and a New Take-Off in the Twelfth Century Frans Theuws Arnoud-Jan Bijsterveld 87

London and the Thames Estuary in the Later Middle Ages: Economic and Environmental Change James A. Galloway 119

Network of the Centres - Centres of the Networks? The Relations between 'Hanseatic' Medieval Towns and their Surroundings/Hinterlands Ulrich Müller 145

'Other Cities Have Citizens, London's are Called Barons': Connections between London and Essex during the Magna Carta Civil War (1215-17) Tony K. Moore 189

Castles, Towns, and Villages: An Archaeological and Historical Approach to Askanian Settlement Policy in Medieval Brandenburg Christof Krauskopf 217

Noble Representation in an Urban Society: The Case of Holland in the Fifteenth Century Antheun Janse 241

Urban Land Ownership and Rural Estates: The Case of Three Scandinavian Medieval Towns Geir Atle Ersland 265

Urban Elites and Traditional Lords in Brussels (Twelfth-Fourteenth Centuries): Opposition or Convergence? Paulo Charruadas 287

Town and Countryside in Medieval Europe: Beyond the Divide Peter Stabel 313

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