>The piece also has the ludicrous claim that Jorvic with 10,000 inhabitants
was the C10 equivalent of
> modern New York or Hong Kong The C10 equivalent of Modern Hartlepool
perhaps (before the sillys
>start, it is the size I am talking about), obviously never heard of Toledo,
Byzantium or Damascus.
... or Rome, Paris, or London, for that matter.
I too read the article. Some bits read like sound bites from the press
release, which is fair considering York's current push for tourists in the
face of F and M : it's what I'd put to journalists to get press coverage...
(I'm not sure of the population of London in the C10, but Ackroyds London
(my current bedtime reading) says it was about 40,000 in 1200, about 90,000
by 1349, dropping after the Black death b.f. rising to 85,000 by 1565, and
again to 155,000 by 1605.Perhaps John Clark could help us out here for 10th
Century London as a comparison ?...)
PS From memory, Dave's comparison of York with Hartlepool is pretty good.
The modern Borough of Hartlepool's population is about 140,000, which is
comparable in both pop and size with modern York. The C10 century settlement
at Hartlepool by contrast was confined to the headland, and would gave had a
population of perhaps 500.