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Political Society in Lancastrian EnglandThe Greater Gentry of Nottinghamshire$
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Simon Payling

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202097

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202097.001.0001

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. The Baronage and Bastard Feudalism

. The Baronage and Bastard Feudalism

(p.87) 4. The Baronage and Bastard Feudalism
Political Society in Lancastrian England

Simon Payling

Oxford University Press

Gloucestershire and Derbyshire were without substantial baronial estates, while both Warwickshire and Devon had a great lord with his caput honoris in the county. Nottinghamshire fits very much into the former category. On the one hand, a low level of baronial wealth, which for most of the period was fairly evenly distributed amongst a group of lesser baronial families, ensured that the affinity would never be in the ascendant. On the other, the concentration of non-baronial wealth in the hands of an elite of gentry families made the leading gentry the natural leaders of county society. This chapter examines the nature of the relationship between this elite and those baronial families with lands in the county, supporting the view that counties dominated by the baronage, such as early fifteenth-century Warwickshire, were the exception rather than the rule in late-medieval England.

Keywords:   bastard feudalism, medieval England, baronial wealth, county society, Warwickshire

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