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Politics and the Urban Sector in Fifteenth-Century England, 1413-1471

Eliza Hartrich


Since the work of K.B. McFarlane in the mid-twentieth century, political histories of late medieval England have focused almost exclusively on the relationship between the Crown and aristocratic landholders. Such studies, however, neglect to consider that England after the Black Death was an urbanizing society. Towns not only were the residence of a rising proportion of the population, but were also the stages on which power was asserted and the places where financial and military resources were concentrated. Outside London, however, most English towns were small compared to those found in med ... More

Keywords: urban history, towns, networks, Wars of the Roses, government, merchants, Henry V, Henry VI, Edward IV, parliament

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198844426
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198844426.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eliza Hartrich, author
Lecturer in Late Medieval History, University of East Anglia