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 chapter presents a synthesis of the preceding discussions. The book examined the nature of aristocratic power along a section of the border between England and Wales during the High Middle Ages. Its focus has been the barons and their men who expanded from Herefordshire into Wales and created the Marcher lordships of Brecon, Wigmore, Monmouth, and others. It argues that the basic outlines of aristocratic society in the region had been set long before 1166. But it was the drawing inward, the separation of the lordships of the Middle and south-eastern March from Herefordshire which served to sharpen the distinction between the March on one hand and the border counties on the other, both in feudal tenure and probably in mentalité as well.

Keywords: March; Marchers; feudalism; lordship; Herefordshire

Chapter.  4721 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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