London Before the Fire: Life in a Medieval and Renaissance City
Queen Mary, University of London
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
This course examines medieval and early modern London though the prism of its topography, structures and
material culture. It bridges the gap, and questions the transition, between the Middle Ages and early
Modernity, and addresses questions of language, class and gender. Through class discussion, excursions and
object-handling, students will gain a greater understanding of daily life in a medieval and early modern city,
and will engage with the variety of extant sources, their values and deficiencies. Walking in the footsteps of
the 1381 revolt, tracing marginality in the South Bank, or appreciating the cult of power at Westminster Abbey,
the variety of medieval and early modern London will serve as a mirror to the way its material culture
reflects politics, devotional practices, trade and family life.
Please note that this module involves class visits to various locations in London. When timetabling please
allow yourself an hour's travel time either side of the class.
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
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