Life in a Mediæval City

Illustrated by York in the XVth Century

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Author: Edwin Benson
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 23,364 / 78 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.5
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 589
Added to site: 2006.02.25
mnybks.net#: 12974
Genre: History
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ns. The inhabitants of York registered in 1911 numbered 83,802.

Within the city there was a number of sub-entities, each self-contained and definitely marked off, often by enclosing, embattled walls. Such was the Minster, which stood within its close. The Liberty of the Minster of St. Peter included the parts of the city immediately round the Minster, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Bedern (a small district in the city where some of the Minster clergy lived collegiately), and groups of houses and odd dwellings scattered throughout other parts of the city and the county and elsewhere. Individual monasteries formed further such sub-entities; for instance St. Mary's Abbey, which was actually outside the city walls, but within its own defensive walls; the Franciscan Friary near the Castle; Holy Trinity Priory; the royal Hospital of St. Leonard. The Castle, which obviously had to be enclosed and capable of maintaining and enduring isolation, was independent of the city. Each of these ecclesiastical institu

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