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London, A Fourteenth-Century City and its People (Hardback)

Local History British History Medieval History London P&S History Social History Medieval 14th Century

By Kathryn Warner
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 30 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526776372
Published: 28th June 2022


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For the medieval period that was witness to a legion of political and natural disasters, the rise and fall of empires across the globe and one of the most devastating and greatest pandemics human kind has ever experienced, the fourteenth century was transformative.

Peering through the looking-glass to focus on one of Europe’s largest medieval cities, and centre of an international melting pot on the global stage, this is a social history of England's (in)famous capital and its multi-cultural residents in the first half of the fourteenth century.

Using a rich variety of important sources that provide first-hand accounts of everyday life and personal interactions between loved ones, friends, foreigners and foes alike, such as the Assize of Nuisance, Coroners’ Rolls, wills, household accounts, inquisitions post mortem and many more, this chronicle begins at the start of the fourteenth century and works its way up to the first mass outbreak of the Black Death at the end of the 1340s. It is a narrative that builds a vivid, multi-layered picture of London’s inhabitants who lived in one of the most turbulent and exciting periods in European history.

The book is a fascinating read and a book that if you're a fan of English life, but especially London, you’ll really enjoy. Certainly, a book that enjoy social history.

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The History Fella

London was one of the largest cities in the world at the start of the fourteenth century and the lives of people were complex yet beset with the same issues as now. Here the author has used records to look at the lives of the people of this metropolis, what were the main issues and how their day to day existence happened. There are some wonderful tales here and some incredible insights in archaic law - how inanimate objects could be 'fined' for causing death. The research is fantastic and writing style incredibly accessible.

NetGalley, Jo-anne Atkinson

I appreciated the amount of research done by the author regarding life of mainly ordinary Londoners which provides a panorama of problems in the 14th century London. It is an incredible privilege for a historian to be able to have access to sources over 600 years old and then to present the findings to contemporary fans of the Middle Ages.

NetGalley, Beata B. Reviewer

Another informative and compelling history book by Pen&Sword. It made me learn something new and I appreciated the style of writing and the style of writing.

NetGalley, Anna Maria Giacomasso

This is a must have book for anyone reenacting or researching 14th century london.

It is a fascinating read and will go onto my permanent bookshelf.

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Medieval Sword School

“London, A Fourteenth-Century City, and its People” by Kathryn Warner is a well-researched and captivating look into London’s past for those who love learning new facts about medieval Europe. If you like learning new factoids about medieval London, you will find this book rather entertaining.

NetGalley, Heidi Malagisi

For readers who want a source of knowledge about fourteenth century London that is accessible, full of information with supporting citations, this is a valuable contribution to that endeavour.

NetGalley, Robin Joyce

A very fascinating and insightful non fiction read. Pen Sword Books is fast becoming a favourite publisher of mine for brilliant non fiction reads.

NetGalley, Stephanie Humphreys

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

From the way they talk, to the things they sued over an even the wages people got it seems like everything was so different in the 14th century in London. There were lawsuits over people blocking the light into their homes and even contracts that state it is unlawful to do so people were hung for stealing clothing and murdered for defending a woman. I love historical nonfiction in this book on London and the people in the 14th century was so interesting. I just know I will read it again and can’t wait to share it with my husband. The summary I gave isn’t it all in a nutshell there is much much more and all compelling it will make you shake your head in disbelief. What more can I say this book is very interesting and I highly recommend it to any history fan especially if like me you love British history.

NetGalley, Janalyn Prude

About Kathryn Warner

Kathryn Warner holds a BA and an MA with Distinction in medieval history and literature from the University of Manchester, and is the author of biographies about Edward II and his queen Isabella. Kathryn has had work published in the English Historical Review, has given a paper at the International Medieval Congress, and appeared in a BBC documentary.

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