Early Medieval London from Market to Metropolis

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Friday 24 May 2019

2pm - 3.30pm

St.Alphege Building 204, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR


London experienced a radical transformation between the fifth and eleventh centuries. In the decades after the end of Roman rule, it was an abandoned ruin. By the time of the Norman Conquest, it was the lynchpin of England: a military and financial hub, probably with the largest population of any town in the country and already boasting distinct and special institutions. This lecture looks at the key points in this story, breaking it down into a tale of three cities. The first was the Roman city and its aftermath; the second is Lundenwic, the trading centre that flourished to the west of the Roman city between the seventh and ninth centuries; and the third is Lundenburh, 'fortress London', which took shape from the time of Alfred the Great (871-99) onwards and surged to prominence around the turn of the first millennium. The lecture will conclude by comparing London with Winchester, another major Anglo-Saxon city.

Rory Naismith is a lecturer in medieval British history at King's College London. Recent publications include Citadel of the Saxons: the Rise of Early London (2018) and Medieval European Coinage, with a Catalogue of the Coins in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. 8: Britain and Ireland c. 400-1066 (2017).


Free to attend. Refreshments are served at the beginning of the session.

To attend, please email ryan.lavelle@winchester.ac.uk and please use the header text 24MAYSEMINAR.


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