Popular Protest in Late Medieval English Towns

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Cambridge University Press, 2013 - History - 375 pages
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Contrary to received opinion, revolts and popular protests in medieval English towns were as frequent and as sophisticated, if not more so, as those in the countryside. This groundbreaking study refocuses attention on the varied nature of popular movements in towns from Carlisle to Dover and from the London tax revolt of Longbeard in 1196 to Jack Cade's Rebellion in 1450, exploring the leadership, social composition, organisation and motives of popular protest. The book charts patterns of urban revolt in times of strong and weak kingship, contrasting them with the broad sweep of ecological and economic change that inspired revolts on the continent. Samuel Cohn demonstrates that the timing and character of popular revolt in England differed radically from revolts in Italy, France and Flanders. In addition, he analyses repression and waves of hate against Jews, foreigners and heretics, opening new vistas in the comparative history of late medieval Europe.
 

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Contents

Introduction questions and sources
3
Class struggle in English towns workers and bosses
38
Varieties of revolt
60
Crown and town strife with secular authority
79
Revolts against the Crown crises of kingship from John Lackland to Henry VI
81
The Black Death and urban protest
113
Urban revolts against the Crown outside London the case of Bristol
130
A wave of insurrection 131218?
144
Church and city
201
Revolts in monastic boroughs
203
Church struggles in towns other than monastic boroughs
225
Urban conflict against bishops and universities
251
Urban risings of hatred Jews foreigners and heretics
273
Conclusion
309
Bibliography
331
Index
359

Tax revolts
159
Revolts poor against rich
177

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About the author (2013)

Samuel K. Cohn, Jr is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Glasgow. His work over the past decade has concentrated on plague and the history of popular insurrection and his previous publications include Cultures of Plague: Medical Thinking at the End of the Renaissance (2010) and Lust for Liberty: The Politics of Social Revolt in Medieval Europe, 1200-1425 (2006).

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