The lordship, structure, and evolution of the manor of Laxfield in Suffolk, 1066 to 1410

Fisk, James (2022) The lordship, structure, and evolution of the manor of Laxfield in Suffolk, 1066 to 1410. Masters thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Part 1 of this thesis surveys the scholarly literature, recent and historical, relating to the structure and evolution of manors in medieval England from the national to the local level, and then focuses on one manor in particular, the manor of Laxfield in the county of Suffolk, between 1066 and 1410. Laxfield was a smaller lay manor that underwent fission during the thirteenth century, but which has left an unusually good archive, yet it represents exactly the type of manor that has left little documentary record and has been therefore routinely overlooked in the scholarly literature. The history, inheritance practice, division and devolution of its separate portions in the first part of this period, then its eventual reconstitution in the latter part, are explored.

Part 2 contains translations of three original manorial accounts relating to the manor, demonstrating their changing format and the information they contain relating to the fission then fusion of the manor: the first from 1376-7, the second from 1408-9, and the third from 1458. Finally, the appendix to this thesis provides a list of all the surviving accounts in the same collection relating to Laxfield. The thesis demonstrates how fluid and arcane manorial structures can be reconstructed from a variety of sources; reconstructs the unusual and interesting history of this particular manor; and provides edited translations from the original Latin of three accounts.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Chris White
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2022 11:07
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 11:07


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