London in the Later Middle Ages

Government and People 1200-1500
Barron, Caroline M.
Date published: 
July 2005

This is the first full account of the evolution of the government of London FROM the tempestuous days of the Commune in the late twelfth century to the calmer waters of Tudor England. Caroline Barron shows how the elected rulers of London developed ways of dealing with both demanding monarchs and quarrelsome city inhabitants. The remarkable survival of the city's own records makes it possible to trace, in unexpected detail, the inner workings of civic politics and government over three hundred years.