Medieval Yorkshire Towns: People, Buildings and Spaces

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Edinburgh University Press, 1998 - Architecture - 212 pages
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This beautifully illustrated book takes the reader on a tour through the medieval towns of Yorkshire. The author explores the ways in which architecture and the use of space in the medieval town were the expression of an urban culture which was evolving between the tenth and fourteenth centuries and given pronounced expression by the fifteenth century. He goes on to show that this was also the expression of authority and conflict and that this process created a separate and markedly urban architectural development which took shape in the medieval period. The reader is introduced to Yorkshire's medieval urban heritage through encounters with the nature of urban society, the symbolic and dominating presence of the church in the medieval townscape, and housing, trade and public health. In conclusion the author looks at what significance the Yorkshire medieval town holds for us today.Key Features* Introduces the reader to the architecture of Medieval Yorkshire towns* First book to explore Yorkshire's medieval urban heritage* Covers the evolution of urban culture between the tenth and fourteenth centuries* Of interest to visitors to Yorkshire's medieval towns and their residents

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Constructing and Deconstructing the Town
People in Towns
The Pattern and Plan of Towns
Liberties and Precincts
Form Function and Symbolism in Ecclesiastical Buildings
Seigneurial Residences
The Structuring of Authority
Spaces for Trade 222
Urban Houses 220
Public Health and the Urban Environment 260
Outside the Town 269
The Urban Legacy 287
Name Index
Subject Index

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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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