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Lordship in four realmsThe Lacy family, 11661241$
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Colin Veach

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089374

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089374.001.0001

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Lordship in four realms

Lordship in four realms

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Lordship in four realms

Colin Veach

Manchester University Press

Hugh and Walter de Lacy had a number of ways by which to control their surroundings, both intensively (through tenure and the control of courts) and by tribute (receiving acknowledgements of superior status from their neighbours); all of these can be characterised as dimensions of ‘lordship’. The methods used depended on the pre-existing social structures within each realm. As aristocrats, one of the Lacys’ means to enforce lordship was war. Whether as captains in royal armies, or through the conquest and defence of their own territories along the frontier, their military acumen was a key determinant of their wider success or failure. The growth of seigniorial households and affinities was in part a result of the increasing demands of medieval warfare, made more necessary for the Lacys by the collateral administration of their transmarine interests. The necessary personnel was supplied by the emerging knightly class whose members were also courted by the king of England. This chapter includes a focused look at the competition between royal and aristocratic lordship for support from knightly communities. The Lacys often turned to each other for security, and the place of the family in lordship, including marriage alliances, filial piety and inheritance rounds off this study.

Keywords:   Lordship, Medieval warfare, Affinities, Seigniorial Household, Marriage Alliances, Seigniorial Administration, Aristocracy, Knightly class, Knightly communities, Marriage alliances

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