Five Parishes in Late Medieval and Tudor London presents linked microhistorical studies of five London parishes, using their own parish records to reconstruct their individual operations, religious practices, and societies.
The parish was a foundational institution in Tudor London. Every layperson inhabited one and they interacted with their neighbors in a variety of parochial activities and events. Each chapter in this book explores a different parish in a different part of the city, revealing their unique cultures, societies,, and economies against the backdrop of presiding themes and developments of the age. Through detailed microhistorical analysis, patterns of collective behavior, parishioner relationships, and parish leadership are highlighted, providing a new perspective on the period. The reader is drawn into the local neighborhoods and able to trace how people living in the Tudor era experienced the tumultuous changes of their time.
This book is ideal for scholars and students of early modern history, microhistory, parish studies, the history of the English reformation, and those with an interest in administrative history of the late medieval and early modern periods.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Chapter 1: Allhallows London Wall, 1455–1536: Fundraising and Collaboration; Chapter 2: Saint Michael Cornhill: Foundational Transformations, ca. 1450–1610; Chapter 3: Saint. Stephen Coleman Street: Living on the Margins; Chapter 4: Saint Botolph Aldgate: Accounting for Reform, 1547-1554; Chapter 5: Saint Peter Westcheap: Crossing the Divide; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
Gary G. Gibbs is Professor of History at Roanoke College, USA, and Book Review Editor for The Sixteenth Century Journal. He has written essays on London’s parishes, Mary I, Machyn’s diary, and Arthur Golding’s translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.