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Introduction to the history of medieval boroughs


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Urban society

Depiction of a gild feast, from the tomb brass of Adam de Walsoken; perhaps intended as the merchant gild of Lynn, of which Adam was a member, feasting in Trinity Hall, its walls hung with star-emblazoned cloths. The symbolic 12 participants, dining on delicacies, entertained by minstrels, and several in lively conversation, are unlikely to represent specific townspeople (although it has been suggested that the depiction is of a feast at which the gild hosted Edward III, this is unlikely even though the king often came to nearby Castle Rising to visit his mother).

St. Laurence,

(by Corbridge, 1724)
St. Mary Elms,

(by Ogilby, 1674)
St. Mary Coslany,

(by Corbridge, 1724)
St. Peter,

(by Ogilby, 1674)


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