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The Medieval World - Norman and Plantagenet London, 1000-1400

Traditionally, Alfred the Great has been credited with the formation of London and this course charts the transformation of the city from a ‘trading emporium’ in 1000 into a capital city with administrative structures that are still visible today. The Great Fire in 1666 has meant the physical fabric of medieval London has largely disappeared but this is compensated for by the survival of a wealth of documentary sources from the twelfth century onwards. 

In The Medieval World - Norman and Plantagenet London, 1000-1400 short course, we will look at how the Norman Conquest impacted on the topography of London and how the City was governed. London’s relationship with the Crown was never easy. Court records such as the Assize of Nuisance and coroner rolls provide a glimpse into the lives of Londoners in the fourteenth century. We will end by considering the impact of the Black Death on the City.

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 11-Jan-21 6.30pm-8.30pm

Class location Central London
Class code FFHI325H4ACB