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Title: Lordship and locality : multiple lordship in the North Midlands during the long twelfth century (c.1066-c.1216)
Author: Boston, Hannah
ISNI:       0000 0004 7653 9061
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis addresses the phenomenon of multiple lordship in Leicestershire, Derbyshire, and Staffordshire, c.1066-1216, as a means of questioning the present historiographical dominance of the honour. It does so through a study of the multiple allegiances of the minor lords of this area. The first section addresses the origins of the practice of multiple allegiance in England, and traces its establishment in England in the first decades after the Conquest. Contemporary thought on the practice is then addressed. It is argued that the ideas of non-royal liege lordship are a guide to the aspects of the practice that concerned contemporaries, and shows how they sought to deal with these pragmatically. The second section draws on the thousands of private charters surviving for these three counties in order to provide a quantitative and qualitative framework for multiple allegiance. It is shown that families with multiple allegiance were roughly as common as those with a single lord by c.1216, and that many of these patterns were established by the early twelfth century. A series of case studies are then addressed which show that multiple allegiance often made families focus more on a particular locality, in which they sought to build up a base of power. The impact of lordship and locality, too, can be seen in the patterns of benefaction to religious houses. It is argued that in in studying twelfth century England, focus on the honour should be balanced with study of the locality.
Supervisor: Garnett, George ; Lambert, Thomas Sponsor: Charles Chadwyck-Healey Charitable Settlement
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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