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The term florilegium refers to a compilation of excerpts from other writings, and is used on this website to refer to this ongoing online project, developed by Stephen Alsford, which provides "a considered selection of primary source texts illustrative of various aspects of medieval urban life, and to present those texts in modern English." The introduction to the site provides detailed information on the impetus for creating such an archive, and also offers some commentary on the editing conventions used during the process of translating various primary documents into modern English and so on. The site is divided into four primary sections, including ones dealing specifically with the community and government aspects of medieval urbanism. While several of the subsections of each main area are currently under development, various subsections have very fine essays authored by Alsford himself. As visitors begin to peruse these primary documents offered in translation they will begin to see perhaps more similarities with contemporary urbanism than they previously may have thought existed. New visitors to the site may want to start out by looking at a couple of documents in particular, such as the will of a wealthy merchant from Norfolk from 1339 (located in the Death subsection under the Lifecycle area) or the charter granted to London by Henry I, located in the Government section.
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Alternate Title Medieval English urban history
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Date of Scout Publication 2004-04-23
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