The IHR Europe 1150-1550 seminar returns this Thursday 3rd March at 5.30 pm. Dr Eliza Hartrich (UEA) will speak on ‘Making Late Medieval Urban History ‘British’: Networks, Comparisons, and Scale.’
‘Research into late medieval English towns over the last thirty years or so has demonstrated that no urban centre should be studied in isolation: as a site of exchange and administration, a town is inextricably linked to the countryside and to other urban centres. This paper considers, however, the methodological, conceptual, and practical questions that arise when attempting to ‘scale up’ urban history to encompass multiple towns over an extended geographic area: in this case, when constructing a history of towns in Britain and Ireland between 1350 and 1500. Did insular towns operate within a shared political and economic framework in this period, or do attempts at a ‘British’ urban history impose anachronistic identities on the past and obscure other influences on urban experiences?’
This seminar will take place in hybrid form. Those meeting in person should assemble at UCL Cruciform LT2. It will also be possible to join the meeting online Please register online here. (The online form will prompt you to specify whether you are attending in person or online). Those attending in person should wear face coverings for the talk.