The London Chronicles and London’s sense of the past, c.1430-c.1550
Project description: I study the cultural history of London in the later middle ages and Tudor period. This period saw the development of one of the largest civic chronicling traditions in Medieval Europe, known as the 'London chronicles'. It also saw ownership of chronicles - particularly the 'Brut' chronicle and newly printed chronicles - become commonplace amongst mercentile Londoners. My thesis will examine the manuscripts and cultural outputs of London in this period and ask: what was the significance of the past to Londoners? This will involve examining not just London chronicles, but also London's legal collections, poetry, visual art, heraldry and civic drama, in with the past was often represented and used.