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W. Mark Ormrod, Joanna Story, and Elizabeth M. Tyler

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266724

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266724.001.0001

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The State and the Immigrant: Negotiating Nationalities in Later Medieval England

The State and the Immigrant: Negotiating Nationalities in Later Medieval England

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(p.298) 11 The State and the Immigrant: Negotiating Nationalities in Later Medieval England
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Migrants in Medieval England, c. 500-c. 1500
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Bart Lambert

W. Mark Ormrod

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266724.003.0011

During the later Middle Ages, the presence of tens of thousands of people of foreign birth in England required royal government to consider issues of nationality and alien status. This study claims that the legal, administrative and fiscal framework for the rights and regulation of immigrants that was developed in response never created a straightforward binary between aliens (people born outside the kingdom) and denizens (those born in England). Drawing on the records of the alien subsidies and on chancery documents, it argues that the local agents of the English crown deployed national labels in very specific and purposeful ways, contingent on the vagaries of international politics and trade, rather than on a supposed generalised anti-alien sentiment.

Keywords:   Nationality, Immigration, State, England, Later Middle Ages, Alien subsidies, Tax

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