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Lord and Towns in Medieval Europe

The European Historic Towns Atlas Project




Edited by Anngret Simms and Howard B. Clarke

Ashgate, 2015

ISBN 978-0-7546-6354-6; £ 85.00


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Contents: Ferdinand Opll: an appreciation; Introduction, Anngret Simms and Howard B. Clarke. Part I The Challenge of Comparative Urban Studies: The European historic towns atlas project: origin and potential, Anngret Simms; Comparative approaches in the historico-topographical analysis of towns and cities, Dietrich Denecke. Part II Case Studies from a National Perspective in the Core Area of Medieval Europe: The topography of power in the towns of medieval Italy, Francesca Bocchi ; The Atlas historique de Bordeaux: a newcomer to the series Atlas historique des villes de France, Sandrine Lavaud; Reinventing the German towns atlas? Trends in the development of a national historic towns atlas project, Daniel Stracke and Thomas Tippach; Seigneurial power and the development of towns in the Holy Roman Empire, Peter Johanek; The king and ‘his’ town of Litoměřice/Leitmeritz in medieval Bohemia, Josef Žemlička; Seigneurial power and planning: aspects of the origins of towns in Austria with particular reference to Vienna and Wiener Neustadt, Ferdinand Opll; Town planning in the 12th and 13th centuries: symbolic meaning and pragmatic process, Martina Stercken; Lordship, economy and society in English medieval marketplaces, Terry R. Slater. Part III Case Studies from a National Perspective on the Periphery of Medieval Europe: Polish town plans as expressions of political and economic power, Roman Czaja; Royal power and urban space in medieval Hungary, Katalin Szende and András Végh; Medieval town plans in Romania, Paul Niedermaier; The medieval planned town in Croatia, Mirela Slukan Altić; Planning and regulation in the formation of new towns and new quarters in Ireland, 1170-1641, Howard B. Clarke; Town plans as expressions of political and economic power and ecclesiastical organization in Scandinavia, Marjatta Hietala. Part IV Symbolic Meanings of Town Plans: Medieval urban form in the Low Countries: state of research, comparative perspective and symbolic meaning, Bram Vannieuwenhuyze and Reinout Rutte; Maps of medieval thought? Cartographical imaginaries, cultural symbolism and urban forms of the later Middle Ages, Keith D. Lilley; Early medieval Winchester: symbolic landscapes, Derek Keene. Part V Approaches to the Interpretation of Large-scale Town Plans: The foundation and formation of towns from the viewpoint of the archaeology of the Middle Ages, Matthias Untermann; The primary formation of medieval town plans in central Europe from the perspective of an art historian, Jürgen Paul; Adapting a medieval urban landscape in 19th-century Ireland: the example of Trim, County Meath, Mark Hennessy. Appendices; Index.