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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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Human Resources

Human Resources

The Lord and His Tenants

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(p.115) 7 Human Resources
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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/9780199560004.003.0007

The household was the principal locus of gentry consumption, the manor that of production. They were of course closely linked, with the one largely dependent upon the other. The previous chapter showed some of the constant interaction that took place between the two. This chapter focuses on the gentry's relationships with their tenants. The history of the relationship between the Multons and their tenants is lacking in spectacular or sensational episodes. Indeed, it comes across as mundane, even humdrum. All the evidence suggests, however, that the Multons of Frampton — at least as far as the early to mid-14th century is concerned — were a gentry family who were not especially rapacious towards their tenants, but were nonetheless very conscious of their rights and made the most of the opportunities they had to take what they could from their tenants.

Keywords:   English gentry, gentry life, tenants, lords, Multons

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