1066 NORMAN BRUISERS How European Thugs Became English Gentry


Gives a different look at a well written about period of English history,delving into primary sources Helen Kay has traced her ancestors in Cheshire, through 12 generations from 1066 to the fifteenth century, from Norman thugs to English gentry. She is fortunate in the palatinate status of her county where the court had full jurisdiction in all criminal and civil proceedings. Also, the lesser nobility were tenants-in-chief, holding land direct from the king—meaning their property at death was minutely registered in inquisitions post mortem.

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