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A People's History of London by John Rees, Lindsey German

By John Rees, Lindsey German

Within the eyes of Britain's historical past undefined, London is the conventional domestic of empire, monarchy and tool, an city wonderland for the privileged, the place nearly all of Londoners function in basic terms to applaud within the heritage.
Yet, for almost 2000 years, the town has been a breeding flooring for radical rules, domestic to thinkers, heretics and rebels from John Wycliffe to Karl Marx. it's been the positioning of occasionally violent clashes that modified the process background: the Levellers' doomed fight for liberty within the aftermath of the Civil conflict; the silk weavers, fit ladies and dockers who crusaded for workers' rights; and the conflict of Cable highway, the place East Enders took on Oswald Mosley's Black Shirts.
"A People's background of London" trips to a urban of pamphleteers, agitators, exiles and revolutionaries, the place hundreds of thousands of individuals have struggled in obscurity to safe a greater destiny.

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Not only the Lambertazzi themselves, but also their fathers, sons, nephews and descendants were forbidden to hold any office, popolano or communal. 72 Milani, L’esclusione dal comune, pp. 253–255, 269, 394–395. 73 See below, Chapter Four, Part II. part i. politics of closure: setting the boundaries 31 as threatening the privileged position acquired through exclusionary and usurpationary closure by the popolo. The exclusionary policies of the popolo were suited to a society that lived by polarities, by the division of society at all levels into networks of friendship and enmity as the foundational principle of survival.

The Ricolfi had three in 1269–70 but only one in 1314. Meanwhile, new families appear in 1314, with the Maimellini having one member in 1314 and three more in the additions, the Roizi having three in 1314 and two in the additions, the Boatteri having one in 1314 and two in the additions and the powerful family of the Albiroli having six members in 1314 and three in the additions. The data thus strongly suggest that certain families of the merchantbanking-notarial elite were becoming more prominent in a broader range of guilds and arms societies as the waves of newcomers that had characterized the first half of the thirteenth century receded and the associations became more hereditary in their membership.

Some families of course disappeared, such as the de Menaboys who had three members in 1271 and none in the later matricula. But again, members of the most prestigious and powerful families appear in 1314 and in the additions that were not in the list of 1271, such as the Romanzi, Gattari, Ghisilieri, Albiroli, and Beccadelli. Elite families even entered more deeply into the “immigrant” arms societies of the Lombards and Tuscans. New families not only appear in the matricule of 1314, but some of them gained leadership roles in those societies by the 1280s, as did the merchant-banker family of the Rodaldi.

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