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Everyday Life In Medieval London

Where and how did Londoners live? What did they eat and drink? How did they enjoy themselves and where did they go shopping? What illnesses did they suffer from, how were they treated and how did they deal with sanitation?

Who is this course for

This course is for anyone with an enquiring mind and an enthusiasm for history. No previous knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essential.

What does this course cover

We will draw upon written sources, archaeology and art to understand the development of London and examine what life was like for its inhabitants between c.1200 and 1500 CE. Topics include: crime and punishment; work and leisure; sickness and health; sanitation, and immigration. There will be a walk around the City and a trip to the medieval gallery in the Museum of London
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Identify the physical and topographical development of London between 1200-1500 CE
- Evaluate the usefulness of coroner rolls as a source for everyday life in London
- Describe the interaction between economic, social and political changes over the period and its effect on London and its inhabitants
- Assess the impact of the Guilds on employment opportunities for men and women
- Explain how London coped with the effects of the Black Death

What will it be like

Each week there will be an informative talk, using PowerPoint, during which class discussion will be encouraged. We shall use small group work to analyse original sources and a range of handouts will be available for discussion purposes.

What else do you need to buy or do

There are no expenses other than note-taking materials. Entry to the Museum of London is free. Occasionally small pieces of homework reading will be distributed to augment your knowledge and aid in class discussion. You are encouraged to bring along/describe items you have read in newspapers/heard on radio/seen on TV that you think may be of interest to the group.
If you wish to purchase a book before the course I would recommend Barbara Hanawalt, Growing Up in Medieval London: The Experience of Childhood in History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995)

What this course could lead to

You might consider enrolling on other history or art in history courses, tutor to advise

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