Everyday life in London: 1350-1500

Course Dates: 05/05/23 - 21/07/23
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Where and how did Londoners live? What did they eat and drink? What illnesses did they suffer from, how were they treated and how did they deal with sanitation? These and other questions will be addressed on this course.
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Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £130.00

Course Code: HLW98

Fri, day, 05 May - 21 Jul '23

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

We will draw upon written sources, archaeological evidence and art to explore what life was like for the inhabitants of London who survived the Black Death.

What will we cover?

We begin by looking at London in the aftermath of plague that had killed 50% of its inhabitants. We will then go on to look at discrete areas of life for Londoners. These include: crime and punishment; work and leisure; sickness and health; sanitation; and immigration. There will also be a trip to the Medieval Gallery of the Museum of London.

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
• Say how many public toilets there were in the City by 1500
• Assess the impact of the Guilds on employment opportunities for men and women.

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 history. 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.

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?

You might consider enrolling on the next London course in this cycle: Tudor London.

Vanessa King Tutor Website

Vanessa King is a lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History at Regents University, and Birkbeck College University of London. At City Lit, Vanessa offers courses and day schools on London, as well as European history from the Fall of Rome to 1800. She has published widely on the Anglo-Norman period (1066-1154), and is currently writing a book on Early English Queenship 600-1066 for Routledge. You can follow her progress via her website: https://queenshipinpreconquestengland.wordpress.com/ Vanessa’s expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, she enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine!

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