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London in the Later Middle AgesGovernment and People 1200-1500$
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Caroline M. Barron

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257775.001.0001

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The Needs of the City

The Needs of the City

(p.30) chapter two The Needs of the City
London in the Later Middle Ages

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This chapter examines the privileges and support which the citizens of London sought from the Crown in the period 1200-1500. In particular, the Londoners were anxious to secure self-government, namely their right to elect their own mayors and sheriffs. They also sought royal confirmation of economic and judicial privileges for the citizens, and the support of the Crown in the limitation of the ecclesiastical rights of sanctuary within the City. Most of these royal privileges were expressed in a series of charters granted to the citizens.

Keywords:   London, Crown, mayors, sheriffs, sanctuary, charters

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