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Life in a Mediaeval City, Illustrated by York in the XVth Century

Life in a Mediaeval City, Illustrated by York in the XVth Century by Edwin F. Benson
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A short and gentle overview of mediaeval life in a large city. It lightly covers the class structure of society, local government, guilds, pageantry and punishment. The author has an easy, rhythmic style which leaves the reader wanting to find out more.

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LIFE IN A MEDIÆVAL CITY

Illustrated by York in the XVth Century

by

EDWIN BENSON, B.A.

With Eight Illustrations

London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge New York: The MacMillan Co. 1920

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER II

IMPORTANT FACTORS AFFECTING THE HISTORY OF YORK

( a ) Geographical position; ( b ) Military value of its position; ( c ) Political importance

CHAPTER III

APPEARANCE

A. General appearance

Church, State, people; outside the city; population; area divisions

B. Streets

Highways, traffic, open spaces; Ouse Bridge

C. Buildings

Dwelling houses, shops, inns; civic buildings (guildhalls); fortifications (castle, city walls, bars); religious buildings (Minster; St. William's College; St. Mary's Abbey; Friaries; St. Clement's Nunnery; Hospitals; Parish Churches)

D. York as a Port

CHAPTER IV

LIFE

A. Civic Life

City government, the parishes; extra municipal rights; a royal city; charter; sheriffs; mayor; city councils; civic spirit; city and trade rule; royal government; punishments; sanctuary

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 3, 2014
Amazing book -- great listen.
Reviewer: - July 24, 2013
Subject: History
Too slow reading!


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