The painting shows a heavily fortified city with rolling English countryside around it. The scene is a busy one with many people carrying large sacks, coming and going by boat and on foot. In the background a huge army is returning, comparing the peaceful, more pastoral scene of successful trade at one gate, with the military might of the city at another.
- 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.