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The rhetoric of the royal chamber in late medieval London, York and Coventry.

Liddy, C. (2002) 'The rhetoric of the royal chamber in late medieval London, York and Coventry.', Urban history., 29 (3). pp. 323-349.


In the late medieval period several English cities claimed the distinction of being a royal chamber: London and York referred to themselves as the 'king's chamber', whilst Coventry called itself the 'prince's chamber'. Examining the meaning of the metaphor of the chamber, this article provides a new perspective on the way in which cities negotiated their relations with the crown and shows how the chamber became an important aspect of corporate urban identity from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Metaphor, Urban identity, Monarchy.
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Publisher statement:© Cambridge University Press 2002
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Date deposited:23 May 2008
Date of first online publication:December 2002
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