This chapter focuses on medieval Redesdale, the poorest documented liberty considered in this book. It begins with a description of the liberty's geographical structure and setting, Throughout the period Redesdale was held by the Umfraville family, whose role is no less basic to an understanding of the liberty's history. The chapter considers the overall nature and dynamics of Umfraville power with particular reference to the thirteenth century, which was an important era of expansion and consolidation. It then establishes some of the institutional groundwork before turning to the socio-political realities.
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