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War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559$
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Steven Gunn, David Grummitt, and Hans Cools

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207503.001.0001

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War and Noble Power

War and Noble Power

(p.193) 13 War and Noble Power
War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559

Steven Gunn (Contributor Webpage)

David Grummitt (Contributor Webpage)

Hans Cools (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the role of war in the construction of the nobility's power. War could foster competition between great lords or enforce collaboration. Noble kinship networks were important in the organization of war and local politics. Military service, sometimes rewarded by the conferral of knighthood, was both a force in shaping noblemen's affinities or clienteles, and an important function of those affinities. Military failure and a breakdown in trust could cripple local government, as it did for the fifth and sixth earls of Northumberland; military success and the development of a loyal following could facilitate provincial political management, as it did for Maximiliaan van Egmond-Buren. War conditioned the relations between nobles and the towns and ecclesiastical institutions in the areas where they aspired to exercise influence, especially given the proximity of campaigning in the Netherlands.

Keywords:   affinities, kinship, knighthood, nobility, towns

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