Five Parishes in Late Medieval and Tudor London: Communities and Reforms, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Five Parishes in Late Medieval and Tudor London

Communities and Reforms, 1st Edition

By Gary G Gibbs


206 pages

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Hardback: 9780367134020
pub: 2019-07-02
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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.

Five Parishes in Late Medieval and Tudor London 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


Chapter 1: Allhallows London Wall, 1455-1536: Fundraising and Collaboration

Chapter 2: St. Michael Cornhill: Fundamental Changes

Chapter 3: St. Stephen Coleman Street: Living on the Margins

Chapter 4: St. Botolph Aldgate: Accounting for Reform, 1547-54

Chapter 5: St. Peter Westcheap: Privilege and Wealth


About the Author

Gary G. Gibbs is Professor of History at Roanoke College, 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.

About the Series


Microhistories is open to books employing different microhistorical approaches. Global microhistories aimed at grasping world-wide connections in local research, social history trying to find determining historical structures through a micro-analysis and cultural history in the form of microhistories that relate directly to large or small scale historical contexts are equally welcome. We will also publish interesting stories, bringing the everyday life and culture of common people of the past close to the readers, without the aspiration of finding answers to general "big questions" or relating them to the grand narratives of history. In other worlds, we plan to have the quality of the manuscript deciding its fate. The series is open to publishing both theoretical and empirical works. It is, indeed, often hard to separate the two, especially in microhistory. However, our main focus will be on empirical monographs which are likely to communicate stories from the past which will capture the imagination of our readers. The geographical scope of the series is global and so non- European works or those which cross territorial boundaries are welcome. Any scholar who wishes to contribute to the series will be asked to make sure that they address important issues that can be researched with the methods of microhistory.

For more information about the series and the proposal process, please contact the series editors, Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon ( and István M. Szijártó (

The members of the editorial board are the following scholars: Andrew Bergerson, Simona Cerutti, Chuanfei Chin, Dagmar Freist, Carlo Ginzburg, Binne de Haan, Karl Jacoby, Giovanni Levi, Edward Muir, Matti Peltonen, Hans Renders, Jacques Revel, and Dana Sajdi.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General