A Fair at Woodstock, 1838. Artist Charles Turner. (Photo by Ashmolean Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

Big town life

Force for progress, loyalist fortress, or den of iniquity — the English town has been all of these, and more


In this new series on the history of English towns, Professor Jeremy Black talks about various aspects of town life, including social experiences, economic opportunities, political views, and cultural aspirations.

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