TitleSpatial Organisation in Towns
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
OrganiserIMC Programming Committee
Moderator/ChairOlga Magoula-Bamford, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Paper 1340-a Conceptions of the City in Northern Spain, 9th-12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Scott de Brestian, Department of Art & Design, Central Michigan University
Index Terms: Archaeology - Sites; Architecture - Secular
Paper 1340-b Rules of Enfeoffment: Parish Landholding in Medieval York
(Language: English)
Laura Yeoman, Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York
Index Terms: Archives and Sources; Ecclesiastical History; Local History; Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1340-c The Establishment and Expansion of the Friars in Medieval Dublin
(Language: English)
Rowena McCallum, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy & Politics, Queen's University Belfast
Index Terms: Daily Life; Ecclesiastical History; Geography and Settlement Studies
AbstractPaper -a:
Defining early medieval urbanism on the basic of documentary evidence is a long-standing challenge. It is clear that terms found in the sources such as urbs, civitas, and medina, are not necessarily used in a technical sense. This paper explore the question of urban development using Nájera (La Rioja, Spain) as a case study. The urban status of Nájera in the Kingdom of Navarre and later is frequently assumed without a deep interrogation of what this means in terms of settlement structure. Archaeological and documentary analysis demonstrate that Nájera's urban status was not achieved in a single moment, but was a long-term process deliberately fostered by royal patrons in both Navarre and Castile.

Paper -b:
The creation of systems of enfeoffment by the Church after the Statutes of Mortmain, and the impact those systems had on the development of medieval urban centres such as York, is something that has been largely overlooked. This paper will consider the surviving feoffees deeds for three city centre parishes, up to the Statute of Uses. Through an analysis of parish landholdings, the paper will discuss how these unique sources can be used to develop our understanding of secular and ecclesiastical power in a medieval urban centre, and the extent to which the parish boundary should actually be considered fluid.

Paper -c:
This paper will examine the location of Dublin's friars in the 13th century. Upon their arrival to Dublin they were granted land and buildings across the city. From analysing Howard Clarke's reconstructed map of medieval Dublin we will discuss where the friaries were near, such as gates into the town and markets. This will show how they used the location of their friaries to their advantage. We will also analyse records of the Dublin city administration and of the central, colonial government to uncover how and where the friars expanded their properties. By doing this we can evaluate the role and significance friars had on medieval life.