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London in the Later Middle AgesGovernment and People 1200-1500$
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Caroline M. Barron

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257775.001.0001

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The Annually Elected Officials: Mayor and Sheriffs

The Annually Elected Officials: Mayor and Sheriffs

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(p.147) chapter seven The Annually Elected Officials: Mayor and Sheriffs
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London in the Later Middle Ages
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Caroline M. Barron (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257775.003.07

The most important officers in medieval London were the mayor and the two sheriffs who were elected every year. This chapter examines how these offices emerged and how their control was wrested by the Londoners from the Crown. The duties of these important officials, their households, and the judicial courts over which they presided are also examined. The particular responsibility of the sheriffs for London's prisons (Newgate and Ludgate) is discussed and an attempt made to assess the impartiality and effectiveness of these elected officers.

Keywords:   London, mayor, sheriff, prisons, Newgate, Ludgate

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