By Eric Acheson
This ebook examines the fifteenth-century gentry of Leicestershire below 5 wide headings: as landholders, as contributors of a social neighborhood according to the county, as members in and leaders of the govt. of the shire, as individuals of the broader family and, ultimately, as contributors. Economically assertive, they have been additionally socially cohesive, this unity being supplied by way of the shire neighborhood. The shire additionally supplied an important political unit, managed via an oligarchy of more suitable gentry households who have been fairly self sufficient of out of doors interference. the fundamental social unit was once the , yet exterior impacts, supplied by means of obstacle for the broader family, the lineage or fiscal and political development, weren't significant determinants of relatives method. Individualism one of the gentry was once already validated by means of the 15th century, revealing its body of workers as a confident and assured stratum in overdue medieval English society.
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11, pp. 18, 195. , iv, pp. 11. , iv, passim. , in, pp. 64, 366, 498. , in, pp. 1114-16. 77 Three Fifteenth-Century Chronicles, ed. J. s. 28, London, 1880, p. 74. C, 11, p. 63. , 1422-9, p. , 1429-36, p. , 1436-41, p. , 1441-6, p. 473- 75 76 21 A gentry community 80 worth in Guthlaxton. 8l Henceforth, neither Edward Grey's son, Sir John Grey, nor his grandson, Thomas, maintained Ferrers involvement in Leicestershire politics. Sir John was killed fighting for the king at the second battle of St Albans in 1461 and, keeping in mind the consequences which befell the lords Roos and Beaumont for failing to predict Lancastrian defeat, one may be tempted, for the sake of symmetry, to explain the eclipse of the Ferrerses of Groby in similar national-political terms.
462. L. Fox, The Administration of the Honor of Leicester in the Fourteenth Century, Leicester, 1940, pp. 11, 20, and map between pp. 74-5. Somerville, 1, pp. 93-4. 49 These offices were sought after not only for their salaries but also for the prestige and power they could bestow. Therefore, although the king's holdings in Leicestershire were slightly more modest than those of the abbey of St Mary, and although he too was a 'rentier' with the added disadvantage of being far removed from local affairs, he was, nonetheless, potentially well placed to assert his influence because of the patronage at his disposal.
90; Sitwell, 'The English gentleman', pp. 64-5, 73. , 1446-52, p. 373). , vi, pp. 287—9. For the use of aliases see Storey, 'Gentlemen-bureaucrats', pp. 93-5. See below, pp. 43-4, 49. 33 While the laws were silent on the issue, Sir John Fortescue, that fifteenth-century repository of legal, constitutional and probably archaic wisdom, is no more forthcoming. His reference to the knight (miles), the esquire (armiger) and the non-gentle franklin as being 'well-off in possessions'34 not only ignores the gentleman altogether but is also notable for its lack of precision.
A Gentry Community: Leicestershire in the Fifteenth Century, c.1422-c.1485 by Eric Acheson