Digital lecture Dr. Adele Sykes, “Having taykn for his own profyt…”: Aldermanic Malpractice in Post-Black Death London

When
04-03-2022 from 16:00 to 17:00
Where
Digital: MS Teams
Language
English
Organizer
Stefan Meysman
Contact
Stefan.Meysman@UGent.be

Thirthy-first lecture of the Digital Research Network for Medieval Urban History

On Friday 4 March (16.00 CET), Dr. Adele Sykes (Royal Holloway University of London) will deliver a paper entitled '“Having taykn for his own profyt…”: Aldermanic Malpractice in Post-Black Death London'.

Dr. Sykes is a researcher of urban wardship in the Late Middle Ages, especially London. She will be presenting material from her doctoral thesis, defended in 2021, on 'The Medieval Foundations of the Court of Orphans: London and Wardship, c.1250–c.1550'. Dr. Sykes' study established the reasons why London had a court of orphans, how it developed into the Court of Orphans by the eve of the Reformation, and why London took such an interest in civic wardship. The increase in documentary culture, London’s 14th century political upheaval, post pandemic recovery, neighbourliness and the social capital of guild networking, and even the rise of consumerism, are all themes I have examined. While London was a leader in urban wardship in England, it is well known that a similar practice existed in the Low Countries, too. At the seminar it will be interesting to compare these institutions, and even to ask, which came first.