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Lincoln c. 850-1100 : a study in economic and urban growth

Cliff, David (1994) Lincoln c. 850-1100 : a study in economic and urban growth. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    The dissertation investigates the increasing number and
    complexity of towns between c. 850 and c. 1100, through the
    detailed study of Lincoln in this period. Utilising
    archaeological and documentary evidence to trace the multifaceted
    nature of early medieval towns, it confirms that economic
    change was the principal cause of urban growth. Pottery and coin
    evidence shed some light upon the progress and nature of economic

    The role of a significant elite centre or an elite-founded wic
    are both disputed in considering the origins of urban Lincoln.
    The questioning of the importance of these reinforces the view
    that the Vikings had a considerable impact on the development of
    Lincoln. The nature of their role was to create a small
    concentration of population, which then served as a focus for the
    economic growth already underway in the rural economy; which the
    Great Army must have initially disrupted.

    The key role of Viking rulers or West Saxon kings in the later
    economic and urban development at Lincoln is disputed. Instead
    the thesis considers that subsequent topographical and economic
    change is mostly attributable to urban elites in Lincoln rather
    than to distant political figures. Many of these developments
    were utilised by Viking and West Saxon rulers but they were not
    influential in creating them. Once established Lincoln's
    development seems to have been most pronounced in the tenth
    century, with urban status rapidly attained.

    Lincoln had an impact on the surrounding area through trade, and
    tenurial links can also be identified in the late eleventh
    century. Lincoln did not however dominate the surrounding area,
    although it may have brought about greater landholding complexity
    and influenced the composition of the surrounding rural populace.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Additional Information: EThOS Persistent ID
    Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
    D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
    Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
    Depositing User: Graham Stone
    Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2009 16:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:37


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