The Later Medieval City1300-1500
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This second volume deals with a much shorter period than the first - from the impact of the Black Death to the urban crises at the end of the medieval era - but the survival of fuller, richer and more varied records allows David Nicholas to get closer to the splendours and squalors of everyday life in the cities of the time. If the first volume is largely an account of a long process of urban renewal, this is in many ways a portrait of the later medieval city itself. He discusses urban government and social structure as they evolved in the wake of plagues, famines, trade disruptions and warfare. The book concludes with separate chapters on urban women, children and religious minorities, education and culture. The result is a vibrant portrait of the tenor of life in the late medieval city.
1. The Medieval City at the Turn of the Fourteenth Century.
2. Cities in Crisis: The Economic and Demographic Realignments of Urban Europe in the Late Middle Ages.
3. The City and the Region: City-states and the Symbiosis of the Rural and Urban Economies c. 1300-1500.
4. City Governments and Urban Conflict: Patricians and Political Guilds c. 1300-1500.
5. Public Administration and Finance in the Late Medieval Cities c. 1300-1500.
6. The Elites of the Late Medieval Cities c. 1300-1500.
7. Occupational Guilds, the Middle and Lower Orders and Poverty in the Late Medieval City c. 1300-1500.
8. The Tenor of Life in the Medieval City.
* David Nicholas uses the fuller, richer and more varied records to get closer to the splendours and squalors of everyday life in the cities.
* takes an interdisciplinary and comparative approach and draws examples and case studies from the whole continent
* concentrates on the smaller and more representative cities in France, England, the Low Countries, Germany, Iberia and Italy