Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
MEDIEVAL LONDON, C. 1350 - 1550
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion

Brief description

Academic rationale of the proposal:
This module provides an extra British and urban history dimension to the current modules on offer to those students following the Medieval Britain and Europe pathway.

Brief Description:
This module will explore the topographical, political, social and economic development of London, the (sometimes fraught) relations between the city and the crown, the governance of London, and the role of the church in the capital. A wealth of documentary and archaeological material survives from London, and will allow students to investigate different aspects life in the medieval city.

Introductory Seminar
1. Shaping the city: the secular and religious topography of London
2. Governing London
3. Guilds and Companies
4. Trade and economic development
5. Social structures
6. Religion
Individual tutorials for pre-essay preparation and feedback (2hrs)

Reading List

General Text
Thrupp, Sylvia. (1948.) The merchant class of mediaeval London, 1300-1500 /by Sylvia L. Thrupp. Revised edition available in NLW University of Chicago Press Primo search
Essential Reading
Barron, Caroline M. (2004) London in the Later Middle Ages: Government and People 1200-1500 OUP Primo search Davies, M. and Prescott, A., eds. (2008) London and the Kingdom Essays on specific subjects are highlighted in seminar bibliographies Shaun Tyas Primo search Schofield, John (1994) The Building of London (Revised edition) British Museum Press Primo search Williams, Gwyn A. (1970.) Medieval London :from commune to capital /by Gwyn A. Williams. Paperback ed., with corrections. Athlone Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7