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Deviance and Power in Late Medieval London

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Deviance and Power in Late Medieval London

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Deviance and Power in Late Medieval London by Frank Rexroth
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During the late Middle Ages the London ruling elite was increasingly influenced by the idea that a secret counter-society was operating in the city. Its members were suspected to be active mainly at night, to roam the city aimlessly and to be identifiable by three main characteristics: their latent, unmotivated and habitual penchant for violence, their sexual license and their disinclination to work. The rumours about this real and imagined 'milieu of the night' strongly influenced Londoners' perceptions of social relations within urban society. In wards, parishes, guilds and companies, people adapted their behaviour and gradually defined their own respectability in negative terms, in opposition to the new 'urban underworld'. The book sheds considerable new light on everyday life in late medieval London and its case study opens up wider debates about the relationship between morality and politics in Europe's cities in this period.

Author Biography

Frank Rexroth is Professor of Medieval History at the Institute for Medieval and Modern History, University of Goettingen.
Release date NZ
October 4th, 2007
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Contributor
Translated by Pamela Selwyn
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
4 b/w illus. 2 maps
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
432
Dimensions
152x228x29
ISBN-13
9780521847308
Product ID
1828253

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