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The Staffords, Earls of Stafford and Dukes of Buckingham: 1394-1521 (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Third Series) by Carole Rawcliffe

  • Author: Carole Rawcliffe
  • Book title: The Staffords, Earls of Stafford and Dukes of Buckingham: 1394-1521 (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Third Series)
  • Category: Other
  • Subcategory: Humanities
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 27, 1978)
  • Pages: 279
  • ISBN: 052121663X
  • ISBN13: 978-0521216630
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 170
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As one of the richest and most powerful land-owning families in later medieval England, the Staffords played their leading part in the politics of their time. This book traces the often complex relations between the three Stafford Dukes of Buckingham and the Crown. In doing so it casts light upon the attitude of successive English kings towards the nobility as a whole, and reassessed the political and military strength of the ruling class. The Staffords derived most of their influence from the ownership of land. Because of the survival of a widely scattered but unique family archive, Dr Rawcliffe has been able to study in unusually close detail the management of their estates and the deployment of their finances, as well as the reorganization of their household, which changed over the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries from a large peripatetic body to a smaller resident establishment where the third Duke of Buckingham could indulge his taste for cultural pursuits.

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Minnai
I purchased this book for a friend who is compiling geneology information. He was thrilled receive a book devoted to his surname. It was advertized as 'very good' condition...and it was. It looked like 'new.'
Legend 33
As one of the wealthiest and most powerful landed families in 15th century England, the Staffords played an important political role (as students of Yorkist history have reason to know). Influence was tied directly to land and Rawcliffe examines the unique Stafford family archives in this study of estate and finance management and the patronage it enabled. The composition and work of the ducal council is also explained, since the council was made up of the duke's senior administrators and lawyers, upon whom the family relied heavily. The Staffords also used litigation rather than combat as their preferred means to an end. Moreover, they were instrumental in causing the crown to change its attitudes toward the nobility as a whole. A somewhat technical historical study in Cambridge's "Studies in Medieval Life and Thought" series, but definitely worth the investment of effort.
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