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Published: 14 August 2019

288 Pages


ISBN: 9780198844426

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Politics and the Urban Sector in Fifteenth-Century England, 1413-1471

Eliza Hartrich

Oxford Historical Monographs

  • Offers a new approach for evaluating the role of urban society in late medieval English politics
  • Assesses the political might that could be exerted by towns collectively as an 'urban sector'
  • Presents a new interpretation of the Wars of the Roses, in which the relative strength of the 'urban sector' determined the success of kings and their challengers
  • Offers a methodological model for analysing and measuring the collective influence of towns in medieval politics, which historians studying other places and time periods could use profitably
  • Based on primary sources from twenty-two towns, ranging from the metropolis of London to the tiny Kentish town of Lydd