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The household, the citizen, and the city: towards a social history of urban politics in the late Middle Ages

Liddy, Christian D.

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Histories of politics in the late medieval European town present a struggle between town oligarchs and town citizens. While the conclusions that historians draw differ, the stakes of politics are the same: exclusion, participation, and representation in town government. Politics is the ‘public’ domain of officeholding, elections, and voting, its actors exclusively male, its locations the council chamber, the craft guild, the workshop. Starting and ending with the evidence of a 1532 ‘insurrection of women’ in the English city of Norwich, this article seeks to reconceptualise town politics in the late Middle Ages. Its premise is that urban citizenship was a social and performative practice, as much as a formal legal and political status. It argues that the relationship between home, household, and family was fundamental to the lived experience of citizenship. The urban household was a complex source of political agency, where the official separation between citizen and non-citizen was difficult to sustain. The 1532 insurrection of women allows us to connect the politics of the household to the politics of the town hall and to write a social history of town politics, in which women were political actors.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 11, 2023
Online Publication Date Jul 4, 2024
Publication Date Jul 4, 2024
Deposit Date Nov 14, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jul 18, 2024
Journal Social History
Print ISSN 0307-1022
Electronic ISSN 1470-1200
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 49
Issue 3
Pages 261-293
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/03071022.2024.2351752
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1928224

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