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The Early Modern World - London as a City in Transition, 1400-1650

The Early Modern World - London as a City in Transition, 1400-1650 short course looks at the history of London in the wake of the Black Death and considers how the medieval city evolved to become the foremost international trading centre of Europe. The population of London quadrupled between 1500 and 1600 causing immense pressure on existing resources. We will look at how the municipal authorities attempted to deal with immigration and over-population. From the late fifteenth century, Alien subsidy rolls allow us to identify where foreigners were settling and in some cases their occupations.

From the 1530s we can trace the impact of the Reformation on the physical fabric of the city as well as the religious and social life of its inhabitants. Plague was endemic and killed a fifth of all Londoners between 1563 and 1665. The end of the sixteenth century saw the rise of theatres south of the river. The advent of printing and increased lay literacy has meant the survival of a range of printed material as never before. Essential reading is John Stow’s Survey of London published in 1598.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

15 credits at level 4

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First class: Mon 26-Apr-21 6.30pm-8.30pm

Class location Central London
Class code FFHI174H4ACB