A comparative study of the impact of civil war on local political society in medieval and early modern Hampshire

Lynch, Lucy (2016) A comparative study of the impact of civil war on local political society in medieval and early modern Hampshire. MPhil thesis, University of Nottingham.

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This thesis of 65,903 words offers a comparative study examining the impact of civil war on local political society in medieval and early modern Hampshire, namely the Wars of the Roses (1450-85) and the English Civil Wars (1640-1660). The comparative methodology employed here seeks to detect both contrasts and comparisons between the two periods with the intention of furthering our understanding of how civil war affected local society in pre-industrial England. In so doing, this thesis will explore the makeup of local society within Hampshire, discussing both the offices and the personnel who filled them; the relationships that existed between the local officers themselves and with central government, by examining concepts such as loyalty and allegiance (both to the locality and to central government), political and religious ideology and local independence.

Primarily this thesis has drawn upon a large corpus of primary sources, much of which is drawn from the National Archives, including records of the King’s Bench, the Patent, Close and Fine Rolls, Pipe Rolls and the State Papers, as well as secondary literature for both the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries, thereby drawing upon various debates and historiographical ideas surrounding these two periods.

This thesis is divided into three sections: the first examines Hampshire’s local society during the fifteenth century; the second focuses on the seventeenth century; with the third drawing together their conclusions to explore where similarities and divergences are apparent between the two periods.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (MPhil)
Supervisors: Dodd, Gwilym
Appleby, David
Keywords: Civil war, Hampshire, Medieval history, Early modern history
Subjects: D History - General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Item ID: 32373
Depositing User: Lynch, Lucy
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2016 06:40
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2016 15:33
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32373

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