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Title: Bristol, Norwich and the three Edwards, 1272-1350
Author: McCallum, Robin
ISNI:       0000 0004 6057 193X
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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This PhD thesis examines the nature and evolution of crown-town relations in England between 1272 and 1350, with specific focus on Bristol and Norwich. Case studies on royal charters, urban rebellions, parliament, finance and the defence of the kingdom explore how and why the crown’s relationship with towns and the merchant elite altered immeasurably throughout these years. It evaluates the urban policies of the three Edwards to identify the various factors which forced them to adapt their approach towards towns. Was it based on reciprocity and mutual benefit, whereby towns acquired greater liberties or rights of self-government in return for supporting the defence of the kingdom? Or alternatively, can we trace an evolution in crown-town relations and a transformation in underlying perceptions of political governance to the pre-Black Death period, resulting in the crown broadening the system of government to include towns, burgesses and merchants?
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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