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Everyday life in Medieval London : from the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors
Mount, Toni, author.
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Stroud : Amberley, 2014.
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256 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illsutrations ; 24 cm
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Our capital city has always been a thriving and colourful place, full of diverse and determined individuals developing trade and finance, exchanging gossip and doing business. Abandoned by the Romans, rebuilt by the Saxons, occupied by the Vikings and reconstructed by the Normans, London would become the largest trade and financial centre, dominating the world in later centuries. London has always been a brilliant, vibrant and eclectic place - Henry V was given a triumphal procession there after his return from Agincourt and the Lord Mayor's river pageant was an annual medieval spectacular. William the Conqueror built the Tower, Thomas Becket was born in Cheapside, Wat Tyler led the peasants in revolt across London Bridge and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales was the first book produced on Caxton's new printing press in Westminster. But beneath the colour and pageantry lay dirt, discomfort and disease, the daily grind for ordinary folk. Like us, they had family problems, work worries, health concerns and wondered about the weather.

Author Notes

Toni Mount has been a history teacher for fifteen years. She has an MA by Research on medieval medical manuscripts from the University of Kent. Born in London, Toni now lives in Gravesend, Kent.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Part I Anglo-Saxon and Norman London, AD 400-1154p. 9
1 The Beginnings of Anglo-Saxon Londonp. 11
2 Who Were the Anglo-Saxons?p. 21
3 Paganism to Christianityp. 31
4 Invaders in the Cityp. 42
5 Under the Norman Yokep. 54
Part II London under the Plantagenet Kings, AD 1154-1400p. 65
6 Church versus Crownp. 67
7 Crusades, Taxation and Magna Cartap. 79
8 The Mayors, the Bridge and Some New Ideasp. 89
9 Plague and Peasantsp. 99
10 Business Mattersp. 113
11 Shopping, Medieval Stylep. 125
12 Holidays, Feasts, Festivals and Footballp. 136
Part III The City under Lancastrian, Yorkist and Tudor Rule, AD 1400-1500p. 147
13 Making a Livingp. 149
14 Health Concernsp. 160
15 Clothes and Mannersp. 170
16 Law and Orderp. 181
17 Preparing for Deathp. 192
18 Books, Printing and Literacyp. 201
19 Changes: The End of the Medieval Era?p. 210
Acknowledgementsp. 218
Notesp. 219
Bibliographyp. 238
List of Illustrationsp. 247
Indexp. 250