The Alien Experience in Late Medieval London: Strategies and Options
Supervisor: Dr Jeremy Goldberg
My thesis aims to shed light upon the ‘alien experience’ in late medieval London. Historiography has privileged certain topics concerning migration, namely surveys on the demography and occupations of certain alien groups, how aliens were regulated by authorities and how native society responded to them. The thesis aims to provide a history of migration from the perspective of the migrants themselves in order to shed light upon the alien experience in the capital. It will do so through addressing two driving questions:
To address these questions, the thesis will privilege the study of individual lives over the more conventional statistical analysis of tax records used in previous scholarship. It will use legal and probate records to reconstruct lives of alien individuals, or at least stories about individuals which were deemed to appear credible, to address the research questions.