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  • Page extent: 894 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.72 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 307.76/0941
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: HT133 .C25 2000
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Cities and towns--Great Britain--History

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521444613 | ISBN-10: 0521444616)

  • Published January 2001

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$185.00 (R)

The first volume of The Cambridge Urban History surveys the history of British towns from their post-Roman origins in the seventh century down to the sixteenth century. It provides the first detailed overview of the course of medieval urban development, and draws on archaeological and architectural as well as historical sources. The volume combines thematic analysis with regional and national surveys, with full coverage of developments in England, Scotland and Wales, and the whole represents a major step forward in the understanding of the medieval British town.


Preface; Plates; Maps and figures; Tables; Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; List of contributors; Part I. Introductory: 1. Introduction D. M. Palliser; 2. The origins of British towns D. M. Palliser; Part II. The Early Middle Ages c.650–c.1300: 3. General survey Grenville Astill; 4. Power and authority James Campbell; 5. Society and population Richard Holt; 6. The economy of British towns Richard Britnell; 7. Churches, education and literacy in towns Julia Barrow; 8. The topography of towns D. M. Palliser, T. R. Slater and E. Patricia Dennison; 9. London from the post-Roman period to 1300 Derek Keene; 10. The large towns to c.1300 David A. Hinton; 11. Small towns 650–1270 John Blair; Part III. The Later Middle Ages c.1300–c.1540: 12. General survey Barrie Dobson; 13. Government, power and authority S. H. Rigby and E. Ewan; 14. The economy of British towns Richard Britnell; 15. Urban culture and the church Gervase Rosser; 16. The built environment John Schofield and Geoffrey Stell; 17. London Caroline M. Barron; 18. The greater towns Jennifer Kermode; 19. Port towns: England and Wales Maryanne Kowaleski; 20. Small towns 1270–1540 Christopher Dyer; Part IV. Regional Surveys: 21. Regional introduction (England and Wales) Derek Keene and D. M. Palliser; 22a. The south-east of England Derek Keene; 22b. The south-west of England T. R. Slater; 22c. The Midlands Christopher Dyer; 22d. East Anglia Barbel Brodt; 22e. Wales and the Marches Ralph Griffiths; 22f. Northern towns Jennifer Kermode; 23. Scotland E. Patricia Dennison and G. Grant Simpson; Part V. Conclusion: 24. Conclusion D. M. Palliser; Appendix: ranking lists of English medieval towns Alan Dyer; Select Bibliography; Index.


'This is an ambitious and rewarding work encompassing the research of a generation of urban historians, archaeologists, geographers, and architects.' Journal of Social History

'… the volume offers a feast to the attentive reader...the individual chapters seem to be in conversation with one another. Moreover, each and every one of the chapters summarizes the most up-to-date scholarship, whether on English, Scottish, or Welsh settlements...the extensive treatment of the Church and its role in English cultural, economic, and social life is one of the finest features of the book.' Journal of Interdisciplinary History

'This magnificent volume is a sound and thoughtful foundation for medieval urban studies, deserving a place on any historian's shelves.' Medieval Prosopography

‘… the volumes supply the first truly urban country with a fitting and comprehensive history … a coherent and systematic survey which is both scholarly and accessible … some genuinely new and innovative investigations which fill real gaps in our knowledge … essential reading to all interested in the history of medieval Britain and will undoubtedly inspire new research into towns as institutions and as social and economic communities.’ The Ricardian

‘… a glittering collection of essays …’. History

‘… not only immensely informative but also very readable … this is urban history with a human face … In its breadth and its depth this volume is a spectacular achievement. It looks set to provide the stimulus for further research into the urban history of medieval Britain for a long time to come.’ The Economic History Review

‘On the whole few collected volumes contain so much good scholarship as does The Cambridge Urban History of Britain, and it will be, no doubt, the starting-point for any future research in the field of British urban history.’ London Journal

‘This fine volume will undoubtedly be regarded for many years to come as the authoritative survey of its subject.’ Barbara Harvey

‘ … a splendid book which enables the reader to share in the historic urban landscape.’ Society for Landscape Studies

'All the contributors are authoritative and the whole massive book is superbly orchestrated.' Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature

‘… splendid collection, which is at once an excellent urban history of Britain and a history of Britain from the urban perspective … as well as important, interesting as well as judicious, thoughtful as well as scholarly. the volumes bulge with knowledge … alongside this must be recorded the sheer exhilaration of reading so much first-rate scholarship … urban history and these volumes will be dome a disservice if they are classified in a misleading narrow fashion.’ The Times Higher Education Supplement


D. M. Palliser, Grenville Astill, James Campbell, Richard Holt, Richard Britnell, Julia Barrow, T. R. Slater, E. Patricia Dennison, Derek Keene, David A. Hinton, John Blair, Barrie Dobson, S. H. Rigby, E. Ewan, Gervase Rosser, John Schofield, Geoffrey Stell, Caroline M. Barron, Jennifer Kermode, Maryanne Kowaleski, Christopher Dyer, Barbel Brodt, Ralph Griffiths, G. Grant Simpson, Alan Dyer

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