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The Foundations of Gentry LifeThe Multons of Frampton and their World 1270-1370$
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Peter Coss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560004.001.0001

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Household, Locality, and Social Interaction

Household, Locality, and Social Interaction

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(p.54) 4 Household, Locality, and Social Interaction
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The Foundations of Gentry Life
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Peter Coss (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560004.003.0004

This chapter aims to reach a balanced view of the gentry household as a home, as a social organism or institution, and as a feature of the social landscape. It will ask a series of important questions, most of them deceptively simple in the asking. Who lived there? Who were the servants and what did they actually do? What were the social relationships involved? How self-contained was the gentry household and how did it relate to the wider world? Who visited the gentry at home? Or, to put the matter another way, for whose benefit was all the display intended? Who saw and appreciated it?

Keywords:   English gentry, gentry life, gentry households

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