London, 1100-1600: The Archaeology of a Capital City

London, 1100-1600: The Archaeology of a Capital City

Hardback Studies in the Archaeology of Medieval Europe

By (author) John Schofield

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  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 189mm x 246mm x 22mm | 953g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845535510
  • ISBN 13: 9781845535513
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: 118 b&w illustrations and 10 colour plates

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Since the early 1970s the increasingly effective conduct of archaeological work in the City of London and surrounding parts of the conurbation have revolutionised our view of the development and European importance of London between 1100 and 1600. There have been hundreds of archaeological excavations of every type of site, from the cathedral to chapels, palaces to outhouses, bridges, wharves, streams, fields, kilns, roads and lanes. The study of the material culture of Londoners over these five centuries has begun in earnest, based on thousands of accurately dated artefacts, especially found along the waterfront. Work by documentary historians has complemented and filled out the new picture. This book, written by an archaeologist who has been at the centre of this study since 1974, will summarise the main findings and new suggestions about the development of the City, its ups and downs through the Black Death and the Dissolution of the Monasteries; its place in Europe as a capital city with great architecture and relations with many other parts of Europe, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean. London has been the most intensively studied medieval city in Europe by archaeologists, due to the pace of development especially since the 1970s. Thus although this will be a study of a single medieval city, it will be a major contribution to the Archaeology of Europe, 1100-1600.

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John Schofield retired as Curator of Architecture at the Museum of London in 2008. He has been an archaeologist with the Museum since 1974 and has written several well-received books about medieval towns and buildings including The Building of London from the Conquest to the Great Fire (3rd edition, 1999), Medieval London Houses, (2nd edition, 2003) and (with Alan Vince) Medieval Towns (2nd edition, 2003).

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'..an expert account. the book is well designed, expertly illustrated and manages to bridge the gap between an accessible and popular account, with a scholarly framework with full references and an extensive bibliography. This is a book that readers can turn to again and again in order to refresh their knowledge of the archaeology of this medieval metropolis' Terry Barry, Medieval Archaeology 56, 2012 'This is an important and useful book. And, crucially it's a good read.' British Archaeology, May-June 2012 'John Schofield snythesises a huge volume of archaeology to produce this coherent account packed with detail and fascinating visual evidence, and much enlivened by the author's own observations -- for example, on exotic imported food and whether Londoners had different diets from other parts of England, or on the impact of communities of 'aliens' on the city, including Jewish financiers, and Italian, French and Spanish merchants, or on the effect of London on its hinterland.' SALON number 267, December 2011 'It works very well indeed as an affordable entry point for students of London's medieval archaeology; as a resource assessment it refines and fleshes out many of the broad themes developed in The Archaeology of Greater London (MoLAS 2000); and it poses new and interesting questions to be considered in future research programmes.' Barney Sloane, English Heritage, Transactions of London & Middlesex Archaeological Society, forthcoming 'His detailed knowledge of projects both famous and unsung paints a potent picture of London between 1100 and 1600.' Current Archaeology, June 2012 'This is a stimulating book, opening one's eyes to many facets of the past. It can be highly recommended to anyone who wants to find out what archaeology has to offer about London's history, and where future research might lead' Bridget Cherry, London Topographical Society Newsletter, May 2012

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. Public Buildings and Concerns 3. Castles, Palaces and Royal Houses 4. Houses, Daily Life and Neighbourhoods 5. Selling and Making 6. Religion and Religious Ways of Life 7. Human Health and the Environment 8. London's Region 9. Medieval and Tudor London after 1600