What is the course about?
We will draw upon written sources, archaeological evidence and art to understand the development of London, and
examine what life was like for its inhabitants between 1200 and 1500 CE.
What will we cover?
Topics will include: crime and punishment; work and leisure; sickness and health; sanitation; and immigration.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Evaluate the usefulness of coroner rolls as a source for the everyday life in London
• Describe the interaction between economic, social and political changes over the period and its effect on London
and its inhabitants
• Assess the impact of the Guilds on employment opportunities for men and women
• Explain how London coped with the effects of the Black Death.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for anyone with an enquiring mind and an enthusiasm for London studies. No previous knowledge is
necessary but a good understanding of English is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each week there will be an informative talk, using PowerPoint, during which class discussion will be encouraged.
We shall use small group work to analyse original sources and a range of handouts will be available for discussion
purposes. Occasionally small pieces of homework reading will be distributed to augment your knowledge. You are
encouraged to bring along/describe items you have read in newspapers/heard on radio/seen on TV you think may be
of interest to the group. If you wish to purchase a book before the course I would recommend Barbara Hanawalt,
Growing Up in Medieval London: The Experience of Childhood in History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs other than note-taking materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see the new London history courses starting in September www.citylit.ac.uk.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details