Political Society in Lancastrian England: The Greater Gentry of Nottinghamshire - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)
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Political Society in Lancastrian England: The Greater Gentry of Nottinghamshire - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 14/02/1991
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This is a study of the political and social structure of late medieval England. Dr Payling examines the wealth and political influence of a dozen Nottinghamshire families who dominated their county during the first half of the fifteenth century. His analysis shifts the historical emphasis from the barons at the head of their affinities to the greater gentry as members of well-defined shire establishments. This carefully researched study reassesses the nature of baronial-gentry relations, and establishes the true extent of the influence of the greater gentry. His book is both an important addition to local studies and a major contribution to the historiographical debate on the role of the gentry in late medieval England.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198202097
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 225 x 145 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
`a meticulously researched and carefully crafted study' Medieval History
`an interesting addition to a distinguished series of studies of county societies in the later Middle Ages produced in recent years' The Ricardian
'Dr Payling performs several useful services to historians in this thoroughly researched and well-presented monograph. His work is a valuable addition to the growing body of research on English landed society in the later Middle Ages. It is a 'county study' which is always careful to situate its subject within a national context and it contains, in its comparative remarks on the changing patterns of inheritance and family settlement, material that clearly invites further elaboration.' Simon Walker, University of Sheffield, History, June 1992
'exhaustive account of the Nottinghamshire gentry in the first half of the fifteenth century ... The chapters are densely packed, but the detail, while minute, never collapses into mere minutiae. Payling is acutely aware of larger historiographical questions, and he is alert to patterns of change. Minor questions of terminology do nothing to distract from the quality, interest, and importance of this book. It is required reading for all those concerned with medieval English elite society in general and with the gentry in particular.' Michael Altschul, Case Western Reserve University, American Historical Review, December 1992
'This book is a useful contribution to the growing body of literature on the local society and politics of later mediaeval England ... his work asks important questions and his answers can only deepen our understanding of life in the later mediaeval shire.' Medium Aevum, Vol. LXII, No. 1
'S.J. Payling's careful examination of the greater gentry of Nottinghamshire represents a more recent generation of scholarship, one that looks beyond the noble ranks of society and focuses instead on the shire ... Payling's study of Lancastrian Nottinghamshire deserves the highest praise. His familiarity with the personalities of the county is profound and impressive ... His work does much more than merely add to a growing stock of local studies; he brings to his research thoughtful questions and strong, satisfying conclusions.' C.J. Neville, Dalhousie University, Albion
'The rival hypotheses are tested here clearly and succinctly in an elegant and model case-study.' Michael Hicks, King Alfred's College, Winchester, EHR Jun. 94
'The work is inevitably painstaking, deeply grounded in the minutiae of estate muniments and property disputes and local administrative structures... Payling has produced a model study of one county, to take its place with the best of the genre.' L. R. Poos, Speculum Journal of Medieval Studies, April 1994

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