The Medieval Melting-Pot: England’s Immigrants, 1330-1550
England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 is a major research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, that is now in the second year of its three-year timescale. The project is exploring the extensive archival evidence about the names, origins, occupations and households of a significant number of foreigners who chose to make their lives and livelihoods in England in the era of the Hundred Years War, the Wars of the Roses, and the early stages of the Reformation. The outcomes of the project will contribute creatively to the longer-term history of immigration to England, and will prove to be an invaluable resource to genealogists and local historians. This paper outlines the fundamentals of the research being undertaken, a survey of the sources and their historical significance, and the wider historiographical context of the project. It also reveals some of the project’s findings, namely in the City of London, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, and Yorkshire.
Foundations (2013) 5: 37-51 © Copyright FMG and the author