Urban Growth and the Medieval Church: Gloucester and Worcester

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2004 - History - 413 pages
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Although the Church played a major role in the development of towns and cities from the earliest times, many important aspects of the early stages of urbanization in England are still poorly understood.Urban Growth and the Medieval Church employs a wealth of historical and archaeological evidence from two key towns - Gloucester and Worcester - to provide a comprehensive picture of their respective developments throughout the medieval period. Only then can the crucial role played by the Church, in shaping the spiritual, social, economic and cultural development of the urban environment, be discovered.
 

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Contents

Gloucester and the Church before 1100
15
The landscape of medieval Gloucester
27
churches chapels and parishes
97
Worcester and the Church before 1100
127
The landscape of medieval Worcester
139
churches chapels and parishes
197
conclusions
219
The development of the parishes
239
their lands and their role in urban growth
261
their relationship to urban secular authority
293
Ecclesiastical precincts in the urban landscape
307
The suburbs and the Church
325
The Church townplanning and public works
345
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Richard Holt is Professor, Department of History, at the University of Tromso, Norway.

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