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Ceremony and CivilityCivic Culture in Late Medieval London$
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Barbara A. Hanawalt

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190490393

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190490393.001.0001

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The City and the Crown

The City and the Crown

(p.33) 2 The City and the Crown
Ceremony and Civility

Barbara A. Hanawalt

Oxford University Press

The crown was always present for London, both as a threat and as a major source of livelihood. The city’s charter and its right to govern its own affairs came from the king. But the relationship between the city and the crown was tenuous. The king could revoke the charter and take the government of London into his own hands, and the king did so on occasion. City officials were quick to quell riots, particularly the gild rivalries that would give the crown an excuse. The royal court and the nobles and bishops who congregated there provided a market for the luxury goods that London imported or produced. Suitors to the courts stayed in London and contributed to its wealth. London, the largest city in England, was a model for other cities. Coronations and royal events passed through London to Westminster, and the city staged lavish welcoming ceremonies.

Keywords:   King of England, charter, gild rivalries, courts, Westminster, coronations, London model for other cities, wealth of city, hierarchy

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