London Urban Society, 1400-1600
Value: one unit
Dr Clive Burgess
Taught through weekly two-hour seminars
NB This course is taught in Central London
3-hour exam (70%), best two of three coursework essays (20%), oral presentation (10%)
In this period London grew from a town of 50,000 inhabitants to a capital city of some 200,000. The Reformation not only swept away ‘superstitious’ beliefs, but destroyed much of the fabric and topography of the medieval City. This course will consider how Londoners coped with these changes; and also their relations with the Crown and with the surrounding communities in the suburbs and countryside. How were Londoners fed and watered? How were crafts organised? How was the City governed? How were orphans, the old, the sick and the destitute cared for? How did Londoners amuse themselves and how did they care for their souls? What education was available and what were the opportunities open to women? The course includes a guided walk around the medieval walls, and other visits.