Town Life in the Fifteenth Century, Volume 2 (of 2)


Produced by Giovanni Fini, MWS and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at (This file was produced from images generously made available by The Internet Archive/Canadian Libraries) TOWN LIFE IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY VOL. II TOWN LIFE IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY BY MRS. J. R. GREEN IN TWO VOLUMES VOL. II London MACMILLAN AND CO. AND NEW YORK 1894 The Right of Translation and Reproduction is Reserved RICHARD CLAY AND SONS, LIMITED, LONDON AND BUNGAY. CONTENTS CHAPTER I. PAGE THE TOWN MANNERS 1 CHAPTER II. THE TOWN MARKET 24 CHAPTER III. THE TOWN TRADER 57 CHAPTER IV. THE LABOUR QUESTION 86 CHAPTER V. THE CRAFTS 110 CHAPTER VI. THE CRAFTS AND THE TOWN 134 CHAPTER VII. THE TAILORS OF EXETER 167 CHAPTER VIII. THE GUILD MERCHANT 190 CHAPTER IX. THE TOWN DEMOCRACY 221 CHAPTER X. THE TOWN OLIGARCHY 240 CHAPTER XI. THE TOWN COUNCIL 269 CHAPTER XII. THE COUNCIL OF SOUTHAMPTON 288 CHAPTER XIII. THE COUNCIL OF NOTTINGHAM 322 CHAPTER XIV. THE COMMON COUNCIL IN NORWICH 360 CHAPTER XV. THE COMMON COUNCIL OF LYNN 402 CHAPTER XVI. THE COMMON COUNCIL OF SANDWICH 427 CHAPTER XVII. CONCLUSION 437 TOWN LIFE IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY CHAPTER I THE TOWN MANNERS THE controversy concerning the bounds and limits of their freedom, which the English boroughs were forced to maintain with powerful organizations already settled in the land—with the monarchy, the baronage, or the Church—represented in the history of each municipality that which in the case of States of greater magnitude we call the foreign policy of the commonwealth. But whatever may be the compass of a dominion, whether it be a borough or an empire, no influence is more potent in shaping the character and destiny of the community than the nature of its external relations. It was in the single-handed conflict with foreign powers, whether superior lord or

Alice Stopford Green

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