Charlotte Berry (SAS) - 2014-15 Students

Margins and marginality in fifteenth-century London

In the fifteenth century, London was by far the largest city in England and also probably its most diverse. Its neighbourhoods were full of people with varying occupations, backgrounds, wealth and status, many who were only temporary residents. This thesis considers the neighbourhoods in the physical ‘margins’ of the city, clustered around and outside the city walls. By examining the physical environment and society of these communities, the aim is to tackle questions about their make up and whether the physical liminality of such neighbourhoods attracted a transient or otherwise socially marginal population.

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