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Locality and Polity: A Study of Warwickshire Landed Society, 1401-1499 (Hardback)
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Locality and Polity: A Study of Warwickshire Landed Society, 1401-1499 (Hardback)

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Hardback 812 Pages / Published: 28/02/1992
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This is a comprehensive study of minor landowners - the gentry - in one county in fifteenth-century England. In common with other local studies of the later Middle Ages, it builds upon the seminal work of K. B. McFarlane, looking at the political and social world in the localities from which the nobles drew their power. The book aims to present a rounded picture of the experiences of the gentry, relating their private and their public lives, and their permanent concerns to the changing needs of local and national politics. Its approach is thus both thematic, exploring the main elements, often private in nature, which moulded their public actions, such as marriage, estate management and senses of family, and chronological, presenting a detailed narrative of politics and account of political structures and relationships. The book is intended as a contribution to the history of England as a whole in the fifteenth century and to the study of the long-term development of the English landed classes and the English constitution.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521370165
Number of pages: 812
Weight: 1300 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 43 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: 'Carpenter has undertaken a huge task, and one which must have given her very great intellectual pleasure over the past twenty years. The result is a feast of learning.' Local Population Studies
"The book's virtues are many, and it is difficult to single out any one as standing above the rest. Perhaps one should place at the head of the list her insistence that politics for the nobles was not simply something played out on a national stage with kings and fellow nobles as the supporting cast." James Masschaele, Canadian Journal of History
"Carpenter's book will stimulate more debate and discussion on this and other issues. It is an important work and will enrich the study of localities and polity in the history of England." John M. Currin, Sixteenth Century Journal
"This is an important book, not only for specialists in the later medieval period and the Tudor age but also for those seeking to understand the process that created a social structure so tough and so enduring that it lasted from the age of Sir Thomas Malory to that of George Eliot." Wallace T. MacCaffrey, American Historical Review
"Carpenter's massive work will surely become a reference point for all future studies on the gentry of late medieval England....This book is more than another gentry study. Social, political, and even economic, historians can learn from its rich and densely packed pages." Mavis Mate, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"This is not just a study of Warwickshire. It is a distinctive contribution to fifteenth-century studies; it mounts a head-on challenge to accepted ideas about Henry VII; and it brings a new dimension to the debate about county communities....This is one of the most exciting and stimulating books I have ever read. It is impossible, in the scope of a review, to do justice to the richness and subtlety of this book." Jenny Wormald, Renaissance Quarterly

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