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The Lancastrian Affinity, 1361-99 (Oxford Historical Monographs) Hardcover – 20 Dec 1990


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  • Hardcover: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Reprints distributed by Sa (20 Dec. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198201745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198201748
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,371,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John of Gaunt's power depended largely on a vast affinity of household servants, indentured retainers and estate officials. Walker concentrates on its local operations which, he argues, could affect Gaunt's wider policies. His findings challenge some of the accepted views of "bastard feudalism".

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By Colin Raven on 30 May 2014
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Simon Walker managed to produce a remarkable study of a remarkable retinue, that of John of Gaunt. This book has extremely important things to say about the nature of bastard feudalism, and the nature of local society in the areas of Lancastrian influence. More broadly, Walker is about to show very clearly the nature of the two-way dialogue between a lord and those within his influence. Through study of the Lancastrian Affinity, Walker shows that the gentry, and the other 'receivers' of lordship, had a powerful voice and a greater deal of autonomy than had been previously thought. The exercise of lordship was clearly not just 'top-down'.

As the other reviewer has said, this book is not really one for bedtime reading, despite Walker's excellent writing abilities, simply because of the nature of the highly detailed and technical subject material. But, if you want to read a very good local level study of the later middle ages, then ,apart perhaps from Carpenter's Locality and Polity, there is no better place to start
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerald O'Carroll on 17 Jan. 2012
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Simon Walker had an obvious ability to master a mass of detailed information from estate rentals and other data when he prepared to write this book about the landed wealth of John of Gaunt. The result is impressive indeed, incredible really that somebody could give an accurate survey at this remove of the number of retainers on the Lancaster payroll, not to say the extent of Gaunt's affinity, or followership, in the neighbouring magnates and their vassal lords. It is tough going, however, and I must confess that I did not read it from start to finish.
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