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Lordship And The Urban Community: Durham And Its Overlords 1250 1540 Margaret Bonney

Lordship And The Urban Community: Durham And Its Overlords 1250 1540

Margaret Bonney

Published February 23rd 1990
ISBN : 9780521362870
Hardcover
321 pages
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 About the Book 

The city of Durham, although geographically far removed from the centre of political power in England in the later medieval period, was of great strategic and ecclesiastical importance during its early history. It was the seat of the prince bishops,MoreThe city of Durham, although geographically far removed from the centre of political power in England in the later medieval period, was of great strategic and ecclesiastical importance during its early history. It was the seat of the prince bishops, a military headquarters for the defence of the northern borders of England, a centre for pilgrimages to the shrine of St Cuthbert and the principal market town for the region. After tracing Durhams late tenth-century origins, the book examines the subsequent developments in religious and military building work on the peninsula which accompanied the growth of a successful urban community in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. This section of the book is complemented by the reproduction of all the extant medieval plans for Durham in an appendix, which also includes later maps of the town and several illustrations which help to explain the complex topography. Furthermore, although at first sight Durhams overlords might seem oppressive, there is little evidence of the townsmens dissatisfaction with their rule, and none of urban revolt in late medieval Durham.