The Knightly Class

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

The Knightly Class

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This chapter examines the military tenants of the Braose, Clifford, Lacy, Monmouth, and Mortimer lordships of western Herefordshire and the March. It focuses on three prominent knightly families: the Baskervilles, the Devereux, and the Pichards. At the beginning of the 12th century these families linked the Braose and Lacy lordships of the region, holding manors of the honours of both Brecon and Weobley. By the middle of the 13th century, this had largely ceased to be the case, with cadet branches at best linking the two honours. This process of gradual separation on the part of those knightly families who held substantial lands in both the March and Herefordshire was crucial in the creation of this section of the March of Wales.

Keywords: lordship; knights; March; Herefordshore; Lacey; Monmouth; Mortimer; Baservilles; Devereux; Pichards

Chapter.  22632 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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