Nouvelle acquisition : Towns on the Edge in Medieval Europe : the social and political order of peripheral urban communities from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries
STEVENS Matthew Frank (ed.), CZAJA Roman (ed.)
Towns on the Edge in Medieval Europe : the social and political order of peripheral urban communities from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2022, XXXVII-248 p.
Collection Proceedings of the Britsh Academy ; 244
Towns on the Edge in Medieval Europe compares the development of social and politcal institutions in the chartered towns of medieval Ireland, Wales, Prussia and Livonia. In the later Middle Ages a European ‘core’ of culturally and administratively sophisticated societies with rapidly growing populations, on an axis from England to Italy, colonised the European ‘periphert’. In northern Europe this periphery included Wales and Ireland, as colonised by the English, and Prussia and Livonia, as colonised (mainly) by Germanic and Nordic peoples. A key tool of colonisation was the chartered town, giving citizens distinguishing legal privileges and a degree of self-regulation. This book contends that while thechartered town, as a legal and social-politcal concept, was trasnferred to peripheral areas by colonisers, its implementation and adaptation in peripheral areas resulted in unique societies, not simply the replication of core urban forms and communities. Research themes include comunity formation, normalisation/social disciplining and peace making/keeping.