The Townshends and their World: Gentry, Law, and Land in Norfolk c.1450-1551 - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)
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The Townshends and their World: Gentry, Law, and Land in Norfolk c.1450-1551 - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 294 Pages / Published: 30/07/1992
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This is the first scholarly history of the rise of the Townshends, who were to become the most famous landowning family in Norfolk. C. E. Moreton exploits to the full the rich family archives in order to tell the story of individuals such as Roger Townshend I, a prominent lawyer of the late fifteenth century, and his son, also Roger, a leading country gentleman. Dr Moreton traces the growth in the Townshends' wealth and power in the late Middle Ages, and sets them in their context as a major gentry family. Their lawsuits, their estates policy, and their sheep-farming activities reveal much about the nature of the gentry's relationship to land and its role in local society in late medieval and early Tudor England.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198202998
Number of pages: 294
Weight: 514 g
Dimensions: 225 x 147 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
`he has observations to make on the strength of county identities which are fascinating ... It is a picture of the Townshends and their circle, as an essentially law-abiding and law-seeking group, which challenges many cherished assumptions about gentry attitudes to authority. Maddern's is an important, original and compelling book. It brings powerful new insights to a subject with which most historians of late-medieval society probably thought they were familiar.' Times Literary Supplement
'This book is a valuable addition to our knowledge of the English gentry. Two Sir Roger Townshends, father and son, are thoroughly examined; indeed, they are interrogated and duly incriminate themselves as the nuisances only English gentlemen can be.' C.F. Richmond,

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