Edited by Matthew Davies and James Galloway


This volume contains selected papers from a major conference held in October 2008 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the setting up of the Centre for Metropolitan History at the IHR, and the contribution of Professor Derek Keene to the Centre, the IHR and the wider world of scholarship.

'One of the pioneer volumes in the handsomely produced new Institute of Historical Research Conference series, this book serves as a fitting tribute to one of the most influential urban historians of our time.' - Ian Archer, Urban History, May 2013.

Published in 2017 as part of the IHR Conference Series

Individual chapters are available Open Access via JSTOR Open Access Books

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About the contributors

1. Feeding another city: provisioning Dublin in the later middle ages
Margaret Murphy

2. Did peasants need markets and towns? The experience of late medieval England
Christopher Dyer

3. The proliferation of markets revisited
Richard Britnell

4. ‘Tempests of weather and great abundance of water’: the flooding of the Barking marshes in the later middle ages
James A. Galloway

5. A taste for the Orient? Cosmopolitan demand for ‘exotic’ durable consumables in late medieval Bruges
Peter Stabel

6. Hartlib’s world
Rob Iliffe

7. Hiding in the forest … The Gilberts’ rural scientific instrument manufactory
Anita McConnell

8. Houses and households in Cheapside, c.1500-1550
Vanessa Harding

9. ‘The poore lost a good Frend and the parish a good Neighbour’: the lives of the poor and their supporters in London’s eastern suburb, c.1583-c.1679
Philip Baker and Mark Merry

10. Between sea and city: portable communities in late medieval London and Bruges
Erik Spindler

11. The kindness of strangers: charitable giving in the community of the Dutch Church, Austin Friars, in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
Catherine Wright

12. Londoners and the court of common pleas in the fifteenth century
Matthew Frank Stevens

13. Crown, city and guild in late medieval London
Matthew Davies

14. Urban governments and their citizens in early modern Europe
Maarten Prak

15. Victoria Street in theory and practice: scenes from the governmentality of nineteenth-century London
Vanessa Harding

16. Converging lines, dissecting circles: railways and the socialist ideal in London and Paris at the turn of the twentieth century 
Carlos López Galviz

A bibliography of the published writings of Derek Keene