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Urban Culture in Medieval Wales

This collection of articles examines towns and urban life as part of the cultural fabric of late-medieval Wales. Though medieval Welsh towns were small relative to those in England and Europe, they had a significant impact on what was at the time a largely rural economy. As the sites of political and cultural tension between English and Wels, these towns were also responsible for the growth of national identity and a distinctive urban culture in Wales. This book draws on the evidence of local records and literature in order to shed light on a neglected aspect of medieval Welsh History.

334 pages | 14 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2012

History: Urban History

Medieval Studies

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“This is a volume full of paradoxes, surprises, and hard facts—a comprehensive account of how the small towns of medieval Wales digested multiple influences to generate urban cultures of remarkable sophistication and expressive power.”

David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: The Impact of Urbanization in Medieval Wales
      Helen Fulton

1. Who Were the Townsfolk of Medieval Wales?
      Ralph A. Griffiths
2. In Search of an Urban Identity: Aspects of Urban Society in Late Medieval Wales
      Llinos B. Smith
3. The Townscape, 1400–1600
      Richard Suggett
4. Towns in Medieval Welsh Poetry
      Dafydd Johnston
5. Social Conflict in Welsh Towns c.1280–1530
      Spencer Dimmock
6. Anglo-Welsh Towns of the Early Fourteenth Century: A Survey of Urban Origins, Property-Holding and Ethnicity
      Matthew Frank Stevens
7. The Townswomen of Wales: Singlewomen, Work and Service, c.1300–c.1550
      Deborah Youngs
8. Castle and Town in Medieval Wales
      Dylan Foster Evans
9. The City of Chester in Gruffudd ap Maredudd’s Awdl i’r Grop o Gaer
      Catherine McKenna
10. Fairs, Feast-Days and Carnival in Medieval Wales; Some Poetic Evidence
      Helen Fulton
11. Entertainment and Recreation in the Towns of Early Wales
      David Klausner
12. The Welsh Diaspora in Early Tudor English Towns
      Peter Fleming

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