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Origins of the English Gentry

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ISBN-10: 052182673X

ISBN-13: 9780521826730

Edition: 2003

Authors: Peter R. Coss, Lyndal Roper

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The gentry played a central role in medieval England, yet this is the first sustained attempt to explore the origins of the gentry and to account for its contours and peculiarities between the mid-thirteenth and the mid-fourteenth century. The book deals with the deep roots of the gentry, but argues against views which see the gentry as formed or created earlier. It investigates the relationship between lesser landowners and the Angevin state, the transformation of knighthood, and the role of knights in the rebellion of mid thirteenth-century England. The role of lesser landowners in the society and politics of Edwardian England is then put under close scrutiny. It also emphasises changes in social terminology and the rise of social gradation, the emergence of the county as an important focus of identity, the gentrys control over the populace, and their openness to the upward mobility of professionals.
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Book details

List price: $124.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/3/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 348
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

CRIS BEAM is a journalist who has written for several national magazines as well as for public radio. She has an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Columbia and the New School. She lives in New York.Lyndal Roper is professor of history at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Balliol College.

The formation of the English gentry
The roots of the English gentry
The Angevin legacy: knights as jurors and as agents of the state in the reign of Henry III
The crisis of the knightly class revisited
Knights in politics: minor landowners and the state in the reign of Henry III
Knighthood, justice and the early Edwardian polity
The explosion of office and its consequences
Identity and gentry
Knights, esquires and the origins of social gradation in England
Crystallisation: the emergence of the gentry
Appendices
Bibliography