Medieval Londoners: Essays to mark the eightieth birthday of Caroline M. Barron


Christian Steer
Elizabeth New


archaeology, documents, capital, festschrift, scholar, inhabitants


Medieval Londoners were a diverse group, some born in the city, and others drawn to the capital from across the realm and from overseas. For some, London became the sole focus of their lives, while others retained or developed networks and loyalties that spread far and wide. The rich evidence for the medieval city, including archaeological and documentary evidence, means that the study of London and its inhabitants remains an active field. Medieval Londoners brings together archaeologists, historians, art historians and literary scholars whose essays provide glimpses of medieval Londoners in all their variety.

This volume is offered to Caroline M. Barron, Emeritus Professor of the History of London at Royal Holloway, University of London, on the occasion of her 80th birthday. Her remarkable career – over some fifty years – has revitalized the way in which we consider London and its people. This volume is a tribute to her scholarship and her friendship and encouragement to others. It is thanks to Caroline M. Barron that the study of medieval London remains as vibrant today as it has ever been.

Published as part of the IHR Conference Series by the Institute of Historical Research.


  • Introduction: medieval Londoners
    Elizabeth New
  • 1. Families in later medieval London: sex, marriage and mortality
    Vanessa Harding
  • 2. A portrait of a late medieval London pub: the Star inn, Bridge Street
    Justin Colson
  • 3. Household reading for Londoners? Huntington Library MS. HM 140
    Julia Boffey
  • 4. Palaeography and forgery: Thomas D.’s Book of the Hartshorn in Southwark
    Martha Carlin
  • 5. ‘Go to hyr neybors wher she dwelte before’: reputation and mobility at the London consistory court in the early sixteenth century
    Charlotte Berry
  • 6. Aliens, crafts and guilds in late medieval London
    Matthew Davies
  • 7. William Styfford (fl. 1437‒66): citizen and scrivener of London and notary imperial
    J.L. Bolton
  • 8. Bankers and booksellers: evidence of the late fifteenth century English book trade in the ledgers of the Bardi bank
    M.T.W. Payne
  • 9. Nicholas Alwyn, mayor of London: a man of two loyalties, London and Spalding
    Anne F. Sutton
  • 10. Charity and the city: London Bridge, c. 1176‒1275
    John A. McEwan
  • 11. John Reynewell and St. Botolph Billingsgate
    Stephen Freeth, John Schofield
  • 12. The testament of Joan FitzLewes: a source for the history of the abbey of Franciscan nuns without Aldgate
    Julian Luxford
  • 13. Souls of benefactors at Grey Friars church London
    Christian Steer
  • 14. Afterword: The transformative effect: Caroline Barron as teacher and colleague
    Clive Burgess


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