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Durham: Government, Administration and the Local Community

Matthew Holford

in Border Liberties and Loyalties

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780748632787
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651405 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632787.003.0002
Durham: Government, Administration and the Local Community

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This chapter examines ‘the community of the liberty’, particularly in relation to the liberty's institutions and government. Historical and cultural traditions were fundamental to the development of Durham's privileges, and also provided a strong basis for identification and loyalty through the ‘imagined communities’ of the Haliwerfolk or ‘the community of the bishopric between Tyne and Tees’. Equally, however, these imagined communities had a complex relationship to facts on the ground; and in particular the wapentake of Sadberge had an ambivalent relationship to the liberty as a whole. It is shown that the wapentake's ambiguous status was also reflected in the bishopric's government and administration.

Keywords: liberty; community; institutions; government; imagined communities; Haliwerfolk; Tyne and Tees; bishopric; wapentake

Chapter.  19153 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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