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Medeltida murar, symbolik och försvar - en analys av medeltida stadsmurar och deras städer i Nordrhein-Westfalen

Passlov, Isabella LU (2012) ARKH04 20121
Historical Archaeology
Abstract
This thesis focuses on the medieval city walls of Bonn and Cologne in Germany. Both of these cities had elaborate city walls and are located in close proximity to each other, but the size of the cities differs widely. When the walls were built the towns needed them as defence but this was only the main reason for the existence of the walls for the next few hundred years.  The walls did, however, remain a central part of the cities’ outline after that too. Although almost entirely lacking defence capabilities, the walls were still maintained and altered to fit the style of the time. This could only be because of what the walls represented. They stood for wealth and importance, which were two characteristics that were very necessary for the... (More)
This thesis focuses on the medieval city walls of Bonn and Cologne in Germany. Both of these cities had elaborate city walls and are located in close proximity to each other, but the size of the cities differs widely. When the walls were built the towns needed them as defence but this was only the main reason for the existence of the walls for the next few hundred years.  The walls did, however, remain a central part of the cities’ outline after that too. Although almost entirely lacking defence capabilities, the walls were still maintained and altered to fit the style of the time. This could only be because of what the walls represented. They stood for wealth and importance, which were two characteristics that were very necessary for the medieval city to stand out and be recognised as a salient player. The reason that the wall represented this was its connection to Ancient Rome and the old town walls of the ancient world. The perception of having a connection with Rome was a highly sought after quality in a city because the strength that the Roman Empire possessed was still a recent memory. Also why did Bonn, a small city that grew from behind Cologne, build a city wall? Well, the connection between the two cities was very strong and while Cologne got its City wall during the days of the Roman Empire, Bonn only started building theirs in the 1200s upon request of the Archbishop of Cologne. Maybe the purpose was to better secure Rhein when a lot of the city’s trade came from the river, or was there a different reason altogether? (Less)
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Passlov, Isabella LU
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ARKH04 20121
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Swedish
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2541682
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  abstract     = {This thesis focuses on the medieval city walls of Bonn and Cologne in Germany. Both of these cities had elaborate city walls and are located in close proximity to each other, but the size of the cities differs widely. When the walls were built the towns needed them as defence but this was only the main reason for the existence of the walls for the next few hundred years.  The walls did, however, remain a central part of the cities’ outline after that too. Although almost entirely lacking defence capabilities, the walls were still maintained and altered to fit the style of the time. This could only be because of what the walls represented. They stood for wealth and importance, which were two characteristics that were very necessary for the medieval city to stand out and be recognised as a salient player. The reason that the wall represented this was its connection to Ancient Rome and the old town walls of the ancient world. The perception of having a connection with Rome was a highly sought after quality in a city because the strength that the Roman Empire possessed was still a recent memory. Also why did Bonn, a small city that grew from behind Cologne, build a city wall? Well, the connection between the two cities was very strong and while Cologne got its City wall during the days of the Roman Empire, Bonn only started building theirs in the 1200s upon request of the Archbishop of Cologne. Maybe the purpose was to better secure Rhein when a lot of the city’s trade came from the river, or was there a different reason altogether?},
  author       = {Passlov, Isabella},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Medeltida murar, symbolik och försvar - en analys av medeltida stadsmurar och deras städer i Nordrhein-Westfalen},
  year         = {2012},
}