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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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The Gentry Estate

The Gentry Estate

The Locus of Production

(p.75) 5 The Gentry Estate
The Foundations of Gentry Life

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This chapter examines two estates whose records survive in the archive of the Multons of Frampton. One is Frampton itself, the home farm of the Multons. It represents the knightly, more established, end of the gentry spectrum. The other is the estate of the Cobeldykes, centring upon Wyberton, representing the sub-knightly stratum of the gentry whose upward striving did so much to broaden and strengthen the character of the gentry. Their meagre patrimony was boosted by the profits of service of various kinds. The fact that their respective account rolls are both from precisely the same period, the mid- to late-1320s, makes their comparison all the more valuable. These estates are examined in terms of both their structure and their exploitation.

Keywords:   English gentry, English estates, gentry life, Multons of Frampton, Cobeldykes

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