Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Creation of a CommunityThe City of Wells in the Middle Ages$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David Gary Shaw

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204015

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204015.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 26 February 2020

Conclusion: The Complexity of Small Things

Conclusion: The Complexity of Small Things

Chapter:
(p.286) Conclusion: The Complexity of Small Things
Source:
The Creation of a Community
Author(s):

DAVID GARY SHAW

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204015.003.0010

Although Wells was a town of, at best, medium size throughout the Middle Ages, it was a surprisingly complex place and yet it easily kept its identity, because of the continuation of institutions such as the cathedral and the Borough Community. It may well be that the sort of volatility that is of the nature of towns actually contributes to the tenacity with which such groups reinforce and strengthen their corporate bodies. Community may thrive most where the instability of the membership is most acute. In a town such as Wells, where demographic and economic realities produced a largely transient population and where two local authorities vied for influence, the signs of the collectivity may well have loomed even larger. Thus, the official mentality of the leaders of the town was one which fostered the importance of unity, tradition, solidarity, and the connection of surrogate brotherhood. Social complexity helped to father social and cultural unity.

Keywords:   Middle Ages, Wells, cathedral, Borough Community, towns, membership, population, social complexity, cultural unity

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .