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Border Liberties and Loyalties: North-East England, c. 1200 to c. 1400

Matthew L. Holford and Keith J. Stringer


This book examines the organisation of power and society in north-east England over two crucial centuries in the emergence of the English ‘state’. England is usually regarded as medieval Europe's most centralised kingdom, yet the North East was dominated by liberties — largely self-governing jurisdictions — that greatly restricted the English crown's direct authority in the region. These local polities receive here a comprehensive discussion; and their histories are crucial for understanding questions of state formation in frontier zones, regional distinctiveness, and local and national loyalt ... More

Keywords: north-east England, self-governing jurisdictions, English monarchy, state formation, regional distinctiveness, liberties, Tynedale, Anglo-Scottish warfare, governance structures, community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748632787
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew L. Holford, author

Keith J. Stringer, author