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John Heritage's Country

Christopher Dyer

in A Country Merchant, 1495-1520

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199214242
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740954 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214242.003.0003
John Heritage's Country

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The countryside around Moreton in Marsh, the centre of Heritage's wool trading and farming, is analysed in terms of the inhabitants’ sense of identity. This was not provided by the units of local government, which were fragmentary and divisive. Their shared experience came from their landscape, which was partly on the hills and partly on lowlands, but which was connected by trade and transhumance, and had in common similar patterns of living, in nucleated villages which depended on open fields. A common experience was domination by remote monastic lords. The fifty villages of ‘Heritage's country’ were joined together by their attachment to five market towns, which in turn looked to larger towns such as Worcester, and above all London.

Keywords: identity; local government; landscape; villages; fields; lords; market towns

Chapter.  15918 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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