The Origins of the English Gentry
By (author) Peter Coss
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Origins of the English Gentry by Peter Coss
Book DescriptionThe gentry played a central role in medieval England, and this study is a 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 gentry's control over the populace, and their openness to the upward mobility of professionals.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521826730
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Coss
Foundations of Gentry Life, Hardback (March 2010)
Peter Coss brings to life the day-to-day domestic life of the medieval gentry, from their obsession with display, to social codes of conduct and the treatment of guests. Drawing on the rich and rarely studied archive of the Multon family of Frampton, Coss provides an essential contribution to the study of 'gentry culture'.
Moral World of the Law, Paperback (August 2007)
Essays on relationship between the moral environment of the courtroom and that of the surrounding society.
Origins of the English Gentry, Paperback (October 2005)
A sustained attempt to explore the 13th-14th century origins of the English gentry.
Lordship, Knighthood and Locality, Paperback (June 2004)» View all books by Peter Coss
A study of the evolution of the knightly class in Coventry and Warwickshire.
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Author Biography - Peter Coss
Peter Coss is Professor of Medieval History, School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University.
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