Brock W. Holden

in Lords of the Central Marches

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548576
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191720680 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs


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This introductory chapter begins with a brief historical background of the focus of this book, which is the March of Wales from 1087 to 1265. Europe and the roots of its culture were the creation of the High Middle Ages, the first period of European expansion. That expansion was important, for prior to it there existed a number of different Europes: Frankish, Celtic, Slavonic, and Muslim. The chapter discusses the neglect of the March by 20th-century modern scholarship; how the book differs from other family and lordship studies, the five baronial families to be examined — the Braoses, Cliffords, Lacys, Monmouths, and Mortimers.

Keywords: March; Wales; feudalism; expansion; baronial families

Chapter.  4620 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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