Eliza Hartrich (Oxford) Scouloudi Fellow

Town, crown, and urban system: the position of towns in the English polity, 1413–71

Eliza Hartrich is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford.  Her doctoral research was funded by a Clarendon Scholarship, awarded by Oxford University Press after Eliza completed a BA in Modern History at Oxford and an MA in Medieval History at the University of Durham.  Eliza’s work investigates the influence exerted on later medieval English politics and political norms by a collective urban ‘lobby’.  This involves assessing the impact on royal policy of initiatives advanced by urban interest groups as well as examining the relationship between political discussions taking place in urban guildhalls, council chambers, and marketplaces and those found in parliament and other national political forums.  In particular, she is interested in tracking the exchange of political ideas between locality and polity by uncovering networks of communication both between towns themselves and between urban groups and national political figures.  Her thesis argues that towns were just as formative an influence on the development of the Wars of the Roses as were the aristocratic landholders traditionally viewed as constituting ‘political society’ in the period.  More broadly, Eliza is interested in the maintenance and contestation of power in later medieval England, and in comparative urban history in medieval Europe.


 'Urban Identity and Political Rebellion: London and Henry of Lancaster's Revolt, 1328-9', in W. Mark Ormrod (ed.), Fourteenth Century England VII  (Woodbridge, 2012), pp. 89-105