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The Creation of a Community: The City of Wells in the Middle Ages

David Gary Shaw


This book is a history of the city of Wells in the Middle Ages. The book makes full use of the archives of Wells to trace its growth from a rural manor into the prosperous borough it became by the late 12th century. It examines the variety of trades which flourished in Wells — including tanning, glove-making, and cloth-manufacture — and analyses the composition of the burgess community. It also explores the importance of the family, the extent of social mobility, the position of women, and the roles of conviviality on the one hand and religion on the other in shaping communal activity and comm ... More

Keywords: Middle Ages, Wells, trades, tanning, glove-making, burgess community, family, social mobility, women, communal spirit

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198204015
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204015.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Gary Shaw, author
Wesleyan University, Connecticut