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The Foundations of Gentry Life: The Multons of Frampton and their World 1270-1370

Peter Coss


This book examines the formative years of the English gentry. In doing so, it explains their lasting characteristics during a long history as a social elite, including adaptability to change and openness to upward mobility from below, chiefly from the professions. Revolving around the rich archive left by the Multons of Frampton in South Lincolnshire, the book explores the material culture of the gentry, their concern with fashion, and their obsession with display. It pays close attention to the visitors to their homes, and to the social relationships between men and women. The book shows that ... More

Keywords: English gentry, social elite, adaptability, upward mobility, the professions, material culture, fashion, display, consumption of literature, household entertainment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199560004
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560004.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Coss, author
Professor of Medieval History, University of Cardiff
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