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Writing History in Medieval European Towns

ARTICLES Writing History in Medieval European Towns Thirteenth-Century England Coming soon In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries we find the beginnings of something new in European historiography, as men holding office in urban administrations began to write chronicles. This paper focuses on three towns where we first see this phenomenon witnessed: London (Arnold fitz Thedmar), Cologne (Gottfried Hagen) and Genoa (Caffaro/Jacopo Doria). This paper argues that historical writing in...

The Rebel Barons of 1264 and the Commune of London: An Oath of Mutual Aid

ARTICLES The Rebel Barons of 1264 and the Commune of London: An Oath of Mutual Aid English Historical Review February 2014 In March 1264, the commune of London, led by its mayor Thomas fitz Thomas, allied with twenty other leading rebels to swear an oath of mutual support. This oath was mentioned by one contemporary chronicler. This article transcribes and translates this hitherto unpublished oath. It examines the significance...

Arnold fitz Thedmar: Identity, Politics and the City of London in the Thirteenth Century

ARTICLES Arnold fitz Thedmar: Identity, Politics and the City of London in the Thirteenth Century The London Journal July 2015 Arnold fitz Thedmar was an alderman of London who wrote the first British town chronicle. Into the back of the manuscript in which the chronicle is to be found, he also wrote two documents which have hitherto been misunderstood as an autobiography. In fact, they are nothing of the...

A Box in the Attic: The Lost Story of Private William Hoare 10th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers

ARTICLES A Box in the Attic: The Lost Story of Private William Hoare 10th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers Stand To! The Journal of the Western Front Association September 2018 Bill Hoare was twenty-two years old when he was killed on 13 November 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. His war record was, like that of so many other British soldiers, lost in the Blitz of London in 1940,...

Connections and Collaborations Between Centres of Historical Writing in Thirteenth-Century London and Southwark

ARTICLES Connections and Collaborations Between Centres of Historical Writing in Thirteenth-Century London and Southwark Mediaeval Studies May 2017 In 1270 the London alderman, Arnold fitz Thedmar, acquired a manuscript belonging to the monks of the Priory of St Mary Overy at Southwark. In addition to holding political office in London, Arnold was also the first layman in the British Isles to compose a historical account of his time, and...

The Commune of the City

ARTICLES The Commune of the City The London Magazine June 2018 As King Henry III lay dying at Westminster Palace on October 1272, he was disturbed by a mob of rowdy Londoners who had chased their aldermanic governors from the London Guildhall and burst into Westminster Hall shouting ‘we are the commune of the city and to us belongs the election of the city’s mayor, and we definitely want...