Transforming English Rural Society
The Verneys and the Claydons, 1600-1820
By (author) John Broad
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Transforming English Rural Society by John Broad
Book DescriptionBetween 1540 and 1920 the English elite transformed the countryside and landscape by building up landed estates which were concentrated around their country houses. John Broad's study of the Verney family of Middle Claydon in Buckinghamshire demonstrates two sides of that process. Charting the family's rise to wealth impelled by a strong dynastic imperative, Broad shows how the Verneys sought out heiress marriages to expand wealth and income. In parallel, he shows how the family managed its estates to maximize income and transformed three local village communities, creating a pattern of 'open' and 'closed' villages familiar to nineteenth-century commentators. Based on the formidable Verney family archive with its abundant correspondence, this book also examines the world of poor relief, farming families as well as strategies for estate expansion and social enhancement. It will appeal to anyone interested in the English countryside as a dynamic force in social and economic history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521041980
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Bishop Wake's Summary of Visitation Returns from the Diocese of Lincoln 1706-15, Hardback (November 2012)
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Transforming English Rural Society, Hardback (April 2004)» View all books by John Broad
An exploration of the rise and fall of the dynastic Verney family of Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire.
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Author Biography - John Broad
John Broad is Principal Lecturer in History at the London Metropolitan University.
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