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Border Liberties and LoyaltiesNorth-East England, c. 1200 to c. 1400$
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Matthew L. Holford and Keith J. Stringer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632787

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632787.001.0001

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(p.359) 8 Redesdale
Border Liberties and Loyalties

Keith Stringer

Edinburgh University Press

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.

Keywords:   liberty, Redesdale, Umfraville family

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