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Lords and Lordship in the British Isles in the Late Middle Ages

Rees Davies and Brendan Smith


Throughout the British Isles in the late Middle Ages a small group of the wealthiest lords wielded immense power. The nature of their lordship and the ways in which it was expressed in a diverse and divided region in the period c.1272-c.1422 are the concerns of this book. Although their right to rule was rarely questioned, the magnates flaunted their identity and superiority through the promotion of heraldic lore, the use of elevated forms of address, and by the extravagant display of their wealth and power. Their domestic routine, furnishings, dress, diet, artistic preferences, and pastimes s ... More

Keywords: lordship, British Isles, identity, display, lifestyle, warfare, inheritance, economic management, dependence

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199542918
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542918.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rees Davies, author

Brendan Smith, editor
Reader in History, University of Bristol
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