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Autonomy and Community: The Royal Manor of Havering, 1200-1500 (Marjorie Keniston McIntosh) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 9780521526098
Autonomy and Community: The Royal Manor of Havering, 1200-1500 (Marjorie Keniston McIntosh) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 9780521526098
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Title: Autonomy and Community: The Royal Manor of Havering, 1200-1500

Author: McIntosh, Marjorie Kenist

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2002

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521526098

Volumes: 1; Pages: 333

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This history of the English royal manor of Havering, Essex, illustrates life at one extreme of the spectrum of personal and collective freedom during the later Middle Ages, revealing the kinds of patterns which could emerge when medieval people were placed in a setting of unusual independence. As residents of a manor held by the crown, they profited from royal administrative neglect. As tenants of the ancient royal demesne, they had special legal rights and economic privileges. Havering's dominant families controlled the legal and administrative life of their community through the powerful manor court. The tenants combined effectively to prevent outside interference in their affairs, despite the individualistic self-interest manifest in their economic dealings. In 1465 the tenants obtained a royal charter which established Havering as a formal Liberty, with its own justices of the peace. By the end of the fifteenth century Havering displayed many characteristics commonly associated with the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods.ContentsList of figures and tablesAcknowledgementsList of abbreviationsIntroductionPart I. Havering, the Crown and External Control, 1200-1500: 1. Royal profit and the privileges of the ancient demesne, 1200-652. External demands and Havering's resistance, 1265-1500Part II. Economic Independence and its Consequences, 1251-1460: 3. Differentiated landholding and the population, 1251-14604. A commercial economy, 1350-1460Part III. Community, Conflict and Change, 1352-1500: 5. The manor court and the resolution of local problems, 1352-14606. New problems, new solutions: the liberty of Havering-Atte-Bower, 1460-1500AppendicesBibliographyIndex
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