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Fourteenth-century London was noisy, dirty, and disorderly, but also prosperous, proud of itself, and full of life not yet dispersed to distant suburbs. It was described in 1326 as a "mirror to all England," and indeed it was. Trade was growing and the guilds were making their influence felt. If justice was not tempered with mercy, at least the law courts were open to the citizens. Fine churches, palaces, guildhalls, and other buildings were constructed, and fire laws were enacted. Sanitation was a monstrous problem, and twice during the period the Black Death wreaked its havoc, but Londoners persevered.

The author deals with London life in all its varied aspects during the time of Chaucer-customs, laws, social conditions, trade, and general conduct of the city government. London was the magnet of society and fashion, a city of pollution and violence, yet a city of wealth and churches. It was also still a city where a man knew his neighbors and often even lived in the same house with his employer.

As Chaucer walked the London streets, whether as a member of the royal household, as controller of the port of London, as clerk of the king's works, or simply as a resident above Aldgate, he would have met plenty of people he knew. He may well have met the originals of the prioress or the wife of Bath, the merchant or the sergeant-at-law, the physician or the summoner, or the host himself, Harry Bailey. London had enough variety, importance, and cohesion to have encompassed them all.

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Fourteenth-century London was noisy, dirty, and disorderly, but also prosperous, proud of itself, and full of life. It was described in 1326 as a "mirror to all of England", and indeed it was. In this book A. R. Myers discusses London life in all its aspects — customs, laws, social conditions, trade, and general conduct of city government.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 212-225) and index.

About the Author

A. R. Myers is Professor of Mediaeval History in the School of History, The University of Liverpool, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806121116
Author:
Myers, A R
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Author:
Myers, A. R.
Author:
Myers, Alec R.
Location:
Norman :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
London
Subject:
To 1500
Subject:
London (England) History To 1500.
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Centers of civilization series ;
Series Volume:
31
Publication Date:
19880331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
7.46x4.80x.72 in. .60 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
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History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
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History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance

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"Synopsis" by , Fourteenth-century London was noisy, dirty, and disorderly, but also prosperous, proud of itself, and full of life. It was described in 1326 as a "mirror to all of England", and indeed it was. In this book A. R. Myers discusses London life in all its aspects — customs, laws, social conditions, trade, and general conduct of city government.
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