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Cities DividedPolitics and Religion in English Provincial Towns 1660-1722$
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John Miller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288397

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288397.001.0001

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Getting on with the Neighbours

Getting on with the Neighbours

(p.105) 5 Getting on with the Neighbours
Cities Divided

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Corporations had to contend with powerful individuals and bodies, who sought to exercise power within the town. Cathedrals played an important part in civic life, but often claimed exemption from urban regulations. The two universities claimed much more extensive authority — Oxford particularly claimed the right to police the streets at night — and there were frequent disputes. The army was generally well-behaved but there could be tensions between soldiers and civilians and at times (notably under James II and George I) soldiers took it upon themselves to punish ‘disaffected’ townspeople. Powerful local landowners could advance and protect a town's interests, but might want something in return — most tangibly, a seat in Parliament.

Keywords:   cathedrals, universities, Oxford, army, soldiers, Parliament

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