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Lords and Lordship in the British Isles in the Late Middle Ages$
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Rees Davies and Brendan Smith

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542918

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542918.001.0001

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The Lord at Home

The Lord at Home

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Lords and Lordship in the British Isles in the Late Middle Ages

R. R. Davies

Oxford University Press

Lords, especially new lords, invested heavily in their favourite residences, thus demonstrating the continuing role of the castle as a status symbol. Noble ladies showed interest in the domestic features of the castle and encouraged the establishment of gardens. Though they dwelt in the countryside, many lords also had a London address, which ensured proximity both to Westminster and to the merchants from whom they purchased luxury goods and secured loans. Itinerant magnate households were a familiar sight but required considerable organization. The education of the nobility, their devotion to hunting, chess and gambling, their enjoyment of music, and their religious sensibilities are discussed. The size and composition of the household and the increasing recourse to the market to meet its needs are analyzed, leading to a consideration of noble finances.

Keywords:   castles, gardens, London merchants, loans, education, hunting, religious sensibilities, household, market, finances

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