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Gentry politics of southern England, 1461-1485, with reference to the crisis of October 1483

Gill, L 1994 , 'Gentry politics of southern England, 1461-1485, with reference to the crisis of October 1483', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The main concern of this thesis is to examine the gentry of southern England during the Yorkist
period and to attempt to answer two basic questions: who were the rebel gentry and why did
they rebel? - in the context of 'Buckingham's rebellion' of October 1483. Part 1, 'Sources and
Interpretations' sets out the sources of our knowledge of the revolt, the limitations of the
evidence, and what, over five hundred years, historians have made of the rising. The aim of
Part 1 is to unravel the main facts, and to identify and resolve (provisionally at this stage)
important points which are under dispute. Part 2, 'The Rebellion', introduces the disaffected
areas in the South and the major landholders among the aristocracy. It introduces a sample of
rebels and explores their power and patronage within the regions and at court, and the
representative nature of the group as gentry leaders of southern society. In addition, Part 2
provides an assessment of the scale and seriousness of the rebellion. Part 3, 'Southern England in
the Yorkist Polity' introduces the regions in the context of conflict and crises of government,
1459-61 and 1469-71, tracing patterns of gentry allegiance and activity through the period. It
examines the regional restructuring of the early 1470s under Edward IV, and the period of
consolidation, 1471-83. Part 4, 'Richard's Ruin', explores the conspiracies and rebellion in 1483;
the patronage accorded the gentry by Richard III; the King's response to 'Buckingham's
rebellion': patterns of support, patterns of punishment; the duke of Buckingham's own sedition;
and finally the breakdown of Richard's rule. The dissertion concludes with five appendices:
knights and squires of the body and household of Edward IV, 1461-1483; sheriffs and members
of peace commission in the last years of Edward IV's reign; recipients of pardons, 1 February - 31
July 1484; peace commissions prior to the rebellion, June - September 1483; rebels of 1483.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Gill, L
Keywords: Gentry
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Includes bibliographical references. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 1994

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