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Transforming English Rural Society
The Verneys and the Claydons, 1600–1820

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time

  • Author: John Broad, London Metropolitan University
  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521041980

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  • John Broad explores the rise and fall of the Verney family of Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, demonstrating the family's rise to wealth as motivated by a strong dynastic imperative. He reveals how the family managed its estates to maximize income and used its wealth to transform the Claydon villages and landscape, creating a pattern of "open" and "closed" parishes. Based on the formidable Verney family archive with its abundant correspondence, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the English countryside as a dynamic force in English social, economic and demographic history.

    • Interesting study of the process of creating a pattern of 'open' and 'closed' village communities
    • Based on the extensive Verney family archives which includes abundant family letters and correspondence
    • A strong, accessible narrative of a dynastic family striving for wealth and success and its resultant downfall
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is essentially an excellent case study of the ways a middle-ranking Buckinghamshire gentry family responded to the changes in English political, economic, social, and cultural life across two turbulent centuries that witnessed the transition to modernity. It is a book that delivers far more than its author promises, itself a rare feat in these times."
    Robert G. Ingram, Ohio University, Sixteenth Century Journal

    "Broad has now set the family firmly in both the rural setting that they did so much to transform and define and in the context of early modern agricultural improvement and change, much to the benefit of us all." - James Rosenheim, Texas A&M University

    "Broad's mastery of the Verney archive and of the intricacies of financial and estate management is such that historians will consider his work authoritative."
    Norma Landau, Journal of Modern History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521041980
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 4 maps 13 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Note on editorial practice
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    Part I. Re-establishing a Gentry Family 1600–57:
    2. A gentry family in county and court society 1603–42
    3. The Civil War and Interregnum 1642–57
    4. The creation of an enclosed estate 1600–57
    Part II. The Shaping of Family and Village 1657–1740:
    5. Land, business and dynastic advance 1657–1736
    6. The making of a modern landed estate
    7. Power in the community - the making of an estate village 1660–1740
    Part III. The Great Estate and Estate Communities c.1700–1820:
    8. The rise and fall of Verney fortunes in the eighteenth century 1740–1820
    9. Transforming the Claydons in the eighteenth century
    10. Conclusion
    Appendix A: Sir Ralph Verney's confessional letter of 1650
    Appendix B: the genealogy of the Verney family

  • Author

    John Broad, London Metropolitan University
    John Broad is Principal Lecturer in History at the London Metropolitan University.

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