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The Armburgh papers the Brokholes inheritance in Warwickshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, c.1417-c.1453 : Chetham's Manuscript Mun. E.6.10 (4) /
edited with an introduction by Christine Carpenter.
Woodbridge [England] : Boydell Press, 1998.
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Woodbridge [England] : Boydell Press, 1998.
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general note
Chiefly letters from Joan Armburgh and her husband Robert to various parties concerning her claim.
language note
Original ms. texts (transcribed) in Middle English.
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British Library
Electronic reproduction. Marlborough, England : Adam Matthew Digital, c2011 (Medieval family life)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-206) and index.
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Bowker Data Service Summary
In recent years a major item of interest for historians of the 15th century has been the discovery of the manuscript containing the letters of the Armburgh family, dating from the first half of the 15th century, which are presented in this volume.
Main Description
The collection of fifteenth-century letters printed here for the first time stands alongside the Paston and Stonor correspondence in its intrinsic interest and the light it sheds on contemporary gentry life. Edited from a recently discovered manuscript in Chetham's Library, Manchester (Mun.E.6.10 (4)), the letters deal largely with the prolonged dispute over the Brokholes inheritance in Warwickshire, Hertfordshire, and Essex, and are concerned principally with the affairs of one of the claimants, Joan Armburgh, and her husband Robert. The material mostly derives from the period c.1420-50, one of growing unease in national politics, which the letters reflect; but they are more concerned with affairs closer to home, and provide fascinating insights on local politics, the networks of 'bastard feudalism' which bound the gentry to their lords and to each other, on the impact of lengthy litigation on a gentry family (especially its finances), and, more generally, on the management of their lands and business affairs. The startlingly vivid language of some of the less formal entries brings the writers strikingly to life.Dr CHRISTINE CARPENTERis a Fellow of New Hall, and Reader in Medieval English History at Cambridge University.
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Newly-discovered family correspondence to stand alongside the Paston letters and Stonor papers.

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