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July 2023
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Providing a new narrative of how local authority and social structures adapted in response to the decline of lordship and the process of state formation, Spike Gibbs uses manorial officeholding – where officials were chosen from among tenants to help run the lord's manorial estate – as a prism through which to examine political and social change in the late medieval and early modern English village. Drawing on micro-studies of previously untapped archival records, the book spans the medieval/early modern divide to examine changes between 1300 and 1650. In doing so, Gibbs demonstrates the vitality of manorial structures across the medieval and early modern era, the active and willing participation of tenants in these frameworks, and the way this created inequalities within communities. This title is part of the Flip it Open Programme and may also be available Open Access. Check our website Cambridge Core for details.

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  • Lordship, State Formation and Local Authority in Late Medieval and Early Modern England
    pp i-i
  • Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought Fourth Series - Series page
    pp ii-ii
  • Lordship, State Formation and Local Authority in Late Medieval and Early Modern England - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-v
  • Figures
    pp vi-vi
  • Maps
    pp vii-vii
  • Tables
    pp viii-viii
  • Acknowledgements
    pp ix-x
  • Abbreviations
    pp xi-xii
  • Introduction
    pp 1-33
  • 1 - The Changing Role of Manorial Officers and Manor Courts
    pp 34-67
  • 2 - Manorial Officeholding and Selection Processes: Participation or Restriction?
    pp 68-116
  • 3 - Manorial Officeholding and Unfreedom
    pp 117-143
  • 4 - Manorial Officeholding and Village Governance: Misconduct and Landscape Control
    pp 144-175
  • 5 - State Formation I: the Parish
    pp 176-202
  • 6 - State Formation II: Quarter Sessions, Vills and Constables
    pp 203-226
  • Conclusion
    pp 227-238
  • Appendices
    pp 239-246
  • Appendix 1 - Categorising Presentments
    pp 239-240
  • Appendix 2 - Identifying Individuals
    pp 241-242
  • Appendix 3 - Population Estimates
    pp 243-246
  • Bibliography
    pp 247-270
  • Index
    pp 271-280


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