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This chapter is about urban constitutional politics. There was, in a concrete sense, a politics of the constitution. The appearance of formal, written constitutions was an expression of a peculiarly urban identity in late medieval Europe. The chapter explores how, why, and with what consequences written constitutions were produced. The main argument is that written constitutions were an attempt to resolve the inherent tensions within a tradition of urban citizenship. Ultimately, urban politics were about the town constitution as a material object, in the same way that, as previous chapters have shown, they involved struggles over space, time, and communication.
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