Series: Studies in Welsh History
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This is a study of the landed gentry of north Wales from the Edwardian conquest in the thirteenth century to the incorporation of Wales in the Tudor state in the sixteenth. The limitation of the discussion to north Wales is deliberate; there has often been a tendency to treat Wales as a single region, but it is important to stress that, like any other country, it is itself made up of regions and that a uniformity based on generalisation cannot be imposed. This book describes the development of the gentry in one part of Wales from an earlier social structure and an earlier pattern of land tenure, and how the gentry came to rule their localities. There have been a number of studies of the medieval English gentry, usually based on individual counties, but the emphasis in a Welsh study is not necessarily the same as that in one relating to England. The rich corpus of medieval poetry addressed to the leaders of native society and the wealth of genealogical material and its potential are two examples of this difference in emphasis.
'Professor Antony Carr of Bangor has spent his life on the study of medieval Wales; he has now produced a masterpiece of learning on Welsh society in what some see as its golden age. Seldom does one encounter a historical work so flawless and satisfying in its presentation. It is a model of enquiry, and should be known outside Wales as a example of how to describe any historical community, high or low. Professor Carr offers the ripe fruits of a lifetime's research. His book has classic status; it deserves careful reading and re-reading. Its excellences are such that even scholars who know nothing of Wales could learn a vast amount from it.'
- Andrew Breeze, University of Navarre, Mediaevistik
List of Abbreviations
1. Who Were the Gentry?
2. Leaders of the Community
3. Office and Service
4. The Political Nation
5. The Wealth of the Gentry
6. Marriage and Family
7. The Way They Lived Then
8. Cultural Patrons
9 New Horizons