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Parks in Medieval England$
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S.A. Mileson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565672.001.0001

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(p.180) Conclusion
Parks in Medieval England

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This concluding chapter provides a summation of the main findings of the book as a whole. Parks were much more important to the concerns of the aristocracy than has usually been suggested, and they had a strong, and often negative, effect on many rural communities and some urban ones. The central place of hunting in the creation of parks is emphasized, along with the significance of organized hunting as an expression of power and authority. It is also suggested that an interest in leisure, as expressed through the reservation of land for hunting, had an impact on the extent to which lords organized their estates in a commercial or market-focused way. The negotiations and confrontations that surrounded parks are shown to have been an important part of the early history of enclosure, a process that involved the shaping of social norms as well as of agrarian practices.

Keywords:   parks, hunting, leisure, agrarian, commercial, market, enclosure

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