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Contesting the City – The Politics of Citizenship in English Towns, 1250 - 1530 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Contesting the City: The Politics of Citizenship in English Towns, 1250 - 1530

Christian D. Liddy


The political narrative of late medieval English towns is often reduced to the story of the gradual intensification of oligarchy, in which power was exercised and projected by an ever smaller ruling group over an increasingly subservient urban population. This book takes its inspiration not from English historiography, but from a more dynamic continental scholarship on towns in the southern Low Countries, Germany, and France. Its premise is that scholarly debate about urban oligarchy has obscured contemporary debate about urban citizenship. It identifies from the records of English towns a tra ... More

Keywords: citizenship, cities, medieval, conflict, politics, culture, society

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198705208
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198705208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian D. Liddy, author
Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, Durham University

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