Gilds and Things: Keeping the Peace in 10th Century London

Date / time
Date(s) - 4 May
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Inner Temple History Society Lecture

Gilds and Things: Keeping the Peace in 10th Century London’ by Dr Rory Naismith

In the early 10th century, the inhabitants of London and the surrounding region formed one of the first recorded guilds in England – the so-called ‘peace gild’. This large body was a combination of vigilante group, mutual insurance scheme and charitable organisation. The peace gild drew up its own statutes that accounted for all levels of society, from bishops and aristocrats to destitute widows, and it negotiated with the king to guarantee recognition and support. This talk will examine the gild’s achievement, and consider how legislation contributed to the formation of a distinct town-based community. Followed by Q&A.

Rory Naismith is a Lecturer in the History of England before the Norman Conquest in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He has written widely on early medieval England and its neighbours, including ‘Citadel of the Saxons: The Rise of Early London’ (2018).

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