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Stewards, Lords and People: The Estate Steward and his World in Later Stuart England (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History) Paperback – 1 Apr 2008

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In early modern England, society largely comprised landlords and tenants, linked by the estate steward. Stewards, Lords and People analyses the role of the estate steward in the social mechanisms of later Stuart England. No mere rent collectors, the stewards acted as entrepreneurs, election agents, almoners, ambassadors, and conduits of their lords' patronage and in many other roles.

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