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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 Agencies and Agents of Lordship

The Agencies and Agents of Lordship

(p.179) 7 The Agencies and Agents of Lordship
Lords and Lordship in the British Isles in the Late Middle Ages

R. R. Davies

Oxford University Press

The geographical fragmentation of lordship in England distinguished it from much of the rest of the British Isles and posed managerial problems that lords met successfully — a success downplayed by historians who have concentrated on royal power. The nature of lordship was affected by profound changes in seigniorial government which made it more intensive and intrusive. Lords separated the traditional financial offices of their household, the chamber and wardrobe, from offices of estate management such as those of chief steward, receiver-general, and auditor, with these latter posts being filled by men of local standing. They sat on the lord's council, thus replicating the pattern of royal government, and there was an exchange of personnel between the councils of kings and lords. At the local level the lord used letters, regular audits, and personal visits to ensure effective management.

Keywords:   geographical fragmentation, seigniorial government, household offices, estate management, lord's council, exchange of personnel, audits, visits

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