This miniature from The Lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund details the moment a child is knocked off London Bridge by passing cattle and the rivermen rowing to rescue him from the water. It reveals how busy London Bridge was during the Middle Ages, with houses, shops and a large stream of trade passing over it between the rural southern side and the city on the north bank.
- Full title:
- John Lydgate, Lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund
- c. 1461 - 75 , South East England, probably Bury St. Edmunds
- Manuscript / Illustration
- Lydgate John
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- Yates Thompson MS 47
- Article by:
- Alixe Bovey
Medieval towns were vibrant hubs of activity, housing an array of people from political and spiritual leaders to traders, craftsmen, inn-keepers and brothel owners. Here, Dr Alixe Bovey explores what went on inside city walls.