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Liberties and Communities in Medieval England
Collected Studies in Local Administration and Topography


  • Date Published: December 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107452770

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  • Originally published in 1944, this book contains sixteen essays on the history of Cambridge, Oxford and other English communities in the medieval period, particularly the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Cam argues in her introduction that 'medieval local government can only be understood through much short range study of particular places and institutions', and uses the rich history of these areas as a microcosm of wider historical change and development. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in English medieval history and the role of small communities in implementing and creating change.

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    • Date Published: December 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107452770
    • length: 282 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prefatory note
    Introduction: in defence of the study of local history
    1. The origin of the Borough of Cambridge
    2. The early burgesses of Cambridge in relation to the surrounding country-side
    3. Cambridgeshire sheriffs in the thirteenth century
    4. Suitors and scabani
    5. Manerium cum hundredo: the hundred and the hundredal manor
    6. Early groups of hundreds
    7. The hundred outside the north gate of Oxford
    8. Pedigrees of villeins and freemen in the thirteenth century
    9. The marshalsy of the Eyre
    10. The general eyres of 1329–30
    11. Some early inquests before custodes pacis
    12. The quo warranto proceedings under Edward I
    13. The king's government as administered by the greater abbots of East Anglia
    14. The decline and fall of English feudalism
    15. The relation of English members of parliament to their constituencies in the fourteenth century
    16. The community of the shire and the payment of its representatives in parliament
    Index of subjects
    Index of persons and places.

  • Author

    Helen M. Cam

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