Professor Palliser focuses here on towns in England in the centuries between the Norman Conquest and the Tudor period, on which he is an acknowledged authority. Urban topography, archaeology, economy, society and politics are all brought under review, and particular attention is given to relationships between towns and the Crown, to the evidence for migration into towns, and to the vexed question of urban fortunes in the 15th and 16th centuries. Two essays set urban history in a broader framework by considering recent work on town and village formation and on the development of parishes. The collection includes two hitherto unpublished studies and is introduced and put in context by a new survey of English towns from the 7th to the 16th centuries.
David M. Palliser is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Leeds, UK.
Contents: Preface; Introduction: the origins and growth of English towns. Local Communities: Town and village formation in medieval England; The English parish in perspective. Archaeology and Topography: The archaeology of British towns 1066-1530; Town defences in medieval England and Wales. Towns and Power: Towns and the English state, 1066-1500; Towns and the Crown in England: the counties and the county towns. Late Medieval Society: The role of minorities and immigrants in English medieval towns; Urban society; Civic mentality and the environment in Tudor York; A regional capital as magnet: immigrants to York, 1477-1566. Urban Decline?: A crisis in English towns? The case of York, 1460-1640; Urban decay revisited. Index.