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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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Cultural Horizons

Cultural Horizons

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The Foundations of Gentry Life

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This chapter examines the military dimension to gentry life. Although there had always been a military component to the lives of the English nobility, the period from the middle years of Edward I through the reigns of Edward II and Edward III saw what has been described as the ‘re-militarisation’ of the ‘gentle-born’. The result was a very powerful and wide-ranging military dimension to English culture that deeply permeated the counties. Not surprisingly heads of gentry houses and many other male members of the gentry families tended to see themselves in military terms.

Keywords:   English gentry, gentry life, military, gentry culture

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