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The Region in the Reign of Henry III, 1216–1246

Brock W. Holden

in Lords of the Central Marches

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548576
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191720680 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548576.003.0007

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

The Region in the Reign of Henry III, 1216–1246

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This chapter focuses on changes in the region of the March during the reign of Henry III. The early years of the reign of Henry III were a rather inauspicious period for the aristocracy of western Herefordshire and the south-eastern March. Little was achieved in terms of regaining lands lost to Llywelyn and the Welsh during the civil war, and the Marchers became increasingly reliant on royal power. The division of the great knightly holdings between those in Marcher lands and those in Herefordshire was largely completed by the 1220s. Herefordshire continued to be drawn further within the ambit of royal government, the directions issued to the sheriff of Hereford for the inquest into knights' fees of 1242-3 being particularly instructive in this respect.

Keywords: March; Marchers; feudalism; king; lordship; Wales; Welsh; Llywelyn

Chapter.  13026 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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