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W. Mark Ormrod (York): England’s Immigrants, 1330–1550 - Defining the Rights of Aliens in Later Medieval England

June 13, 2017, 5:30pm BST - 7:00pm
German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A2NJ
United Kingdom

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Migration, Citizenship and Welfare in British History

Seminar Series | Summer Term 2017

Immigration and the entitlement of migrants to citizenship and welfare are among the most contentious political topics in present-day Britain. The GHIL seminar series in the summer term 2017 will put this debate into historical perspective. It consists of four lectures delivered by distinguished British experts in the field, who will analyse public and intellectual discourse, practices, cultures, and frameworks, as well as mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion. By pursuing these themes from medieval to contemporary Britain, the lecture series will examine how the debate surrounding immigration in Britain has evolved over the centuries.

13 June

W. Mark Ormrod (York)
England’s Immigrants, 1330–1550: Defining the Rights of Aliens in Later Medieval England

Over the course of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the English state began to scrutinize more closely aliens living within its bounds, not least with a view to taxing them more heavily than their English-born counterparts. At the same time, it began to experiment with measures that allowed such aliens the medieval equivalent of national citizenship, known as denization. The lecture will examine the various motivations of the state and of immigrants during this formative period in English naturalization laws.

W. Mark Ormrod is Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of York. He is the author of many books and articles on later medieval English history, including the Yale University Press ‘English Monarchs’ volume on Edward III (2011). His recent project on immigration to England in the later Middle Ages has generated the major online database, ‘England’s Immigrants, 1330–1550’:

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