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The Creation of a Community: The City of Wells in the Middle Ages - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)
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The Creation of a Community: The City of Wells in the Middle Ages - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 08/07/1993
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This is the first scholarly history of the city of Wells in the Middle Ages. David Gary Shaw makes full use of the rich archives of Wells to trace its growth from a rural manor into the prosperous borough it became by the late twelfth century. Dr Shaw examines the variety of trades which flourished in Wells - including tanning, glove-making, and cloth-manufacture - and analyses the composition of the burgess community. He also explores the importance of the family, the extent of social mobility, the position of women, and the roles of conviviality on the one hand and religion on the other in shaping communal activity and communal spirit. Dr Wells makes full use of the rich archives of Wells to present in vivid and telling detail the anatomy of a medieval borough.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198204015
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 579 g
Dimensions: 223 x 144 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Here is a valuable addition to the small corpus of modern monographs devoted to individual English towns in the medieval period. Shaw writes shrewdly about 'community', conscious of the voguish and treacherous nature of the concept. Shaw's book, while acknowledging the gap between pious ideal and reality, goes far to demonstrate the practical and ideological impact on one medieval urban society of that communitarian discourse.' Gervase Rosser, The Ricardian, X, No. 126, Sept 1994
sensitive and probing book...a well-presented and thoughtful study * Journal of Interdisciplinary History *
Dr Shaw's is a very fine book, analysing the borough community in as much detail as the records permit, providing much information on the town in its own right, but also setting his study in a wider English and European context ... a welcome reminder of the great variety of medieval towns, so often very different from what he calls 'the national model ... of places like Lincoln or Oxford.' * D.M. Palliser, University of Leeds, EHR Apr. 96 *

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