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Lords of the Central Marches: English Aristocracy and Frontier Society, 1087-1265

Brock Holden


In the Middle Ages, the March between England and Wales was a contested, militarised frontier zone, a ‘land of war’. With English kings distracted by affairs in France, English frontier lords were left on their own to organize and run lordships in the manner that was best suited to this often violent borderland. The centrepiece of the frontier society that developed was the feudal honour and its court, and in the March it survived as a functioning entity much longer than in England. However, in the 12th century, as the growing power of the English crown threatened Marcher honours, their lords ... More

Keywords: feudalism, March, Marcher honours, Wales, England, frontier society, feudal matrix

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199548576
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brock Holden, author