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Political Society in Lancastrian England: The Greater Gentry of Nottinghamshire

Simon Payling


This is a study of the political and social structure of late medieval England. It examines the wealth and political influence of a dozen Nottinghamshire families who dominated their county during the first half of the fifteenth century. The author’s analysis shifts the historical emphasis from the barons at the head of their affinities to the greater gentry as members of well-defined shire establishments. The study reassesses the nature of baronial-gentry relations, and establishes the true extent of the influence of the greater gentry. It is both an addition to local studies and a contributi ... More

Keywords: medieval England, wealth, political influence, Nottinghamshire, social structure, barons, greater gentry, shire establishments, baronial-gentry relations, local studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198202097
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202097.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Payling, author
Balliol College, Oxford