War, Politics and Finance in Late Medieval English Towns

Bristol, York and the Crown, 1350-1400

Christian D. Liddy, Christian D Liddy

Relations between town and crown in late medieval England examined through two of its most important towns, Bristol and York.
Date Published :
September 2011
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Series :
Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series
Illustration :
1 b/w illus.
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781843836391
Pages : 280
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock


The strengthening of ties between crown and locality in the fourteenth century is epitomised by the relationships between York and Bristol (then amongst the largest and wealthiest urban communities in England) and the crown. Thisbook combines a detailed study of the individuals who ruled Bristol and York at the time with a close analysis of the texts which illustrate the relationship between the two cities and the king, thus offering a new perspective onrelations between town and crown in late medieval England.
Beginning with an analysis of the various demands, financial, political and commercial, made upon the towns by the Hundred Years War, the author argues that such pressures facilitated the development of a partnership in government between the crown and the two towns, meaning that the elite inhabitants became increasingly important in national affairs. The book goes on to explore in detail thenature of urban aspirations within the kingdom, arguing that the royal charters granting the towns their coveted county status were crucial in binding their ruling elites into the apparatus of royal government, and giving them a powerful voice in national politics.

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

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