Lordship, state formation and local authority in late medieval and early modern England / Spike Gibbs, University of Mannheim, Germany.

Gibbs, Spike, 1992- [Browse]
1st ed.
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2023.
1 online resource (xii, 279 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).


  • Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought. Fourth series ; 121. [More in this series]
  • Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought: fourth series ; 121
Summary note
Providing a new narrative of how local authority and social structures adapted in response to the decline of lordship and the process of state formation, Spike Gibbs uses manorial officeholding - where officials were chosen from among tenants to help run the lord's manorial estate - as a prism through which to examine political and social change in the late medieval and early modern English village. Drawing on micro-studies of previously untapped archival records, the book spans the medieval/early modern divide to examine changes between 1300 and 1650. In doing so, Gibbs demonstrates the vitality of manorial structures across the medieval and early modern era, the active and willing participation of tenants in these frameworks, and the way this created inequalities within communities. This title is part of the Flip it Open Programme and may also be available Open Access. Check our website Cambridge Core for details.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Cover
  • Half-title page
  • Series page
  • Title page
  • Copyright page
  • Contents
  • List of Figures
  • List of Maps
  • List of Tables
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • 1 The Changing Role of Manorial Officers and Manor Courts
  • 2 Manorial Officeholding and Selection Processes: Participation or Restriction?
  • 3 Manorial Officeholding and Unfreedom
  • 4 Manorial Officeholding and Village Governance: Misconduct and Landscape Control
  • 5 State Formation I: The Parish
  • 6 State Formation II: Quarter Sessions, Vills and Constables
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix 1 Categorising Presentments
  • Appendix 2 Identifying Individuals
  • Appendix 3 Population Estimates
  • Bibliography
  • Index.
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