Medieval Glossary

Banlieue

The term for the sphere of influence extending outward from a medieval town. This influence enabled the town to control short-term food supplies within the surrounding area.

Related term(s): None
Category: Village, Town, and City
Added: 12.31.04
Source information: Singman, Jeffrey L. Daily Life in Medieval Europe. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999. 209.

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