Lordship and Community

Lordship and Community

The Lestrange Family and the Village of Hunstanton, Norfolk, in the First Half of the Sixteenth Century

Cord Oestmann


Boydell Press



Detailed study of a Norfolk village community during the first half of the sixteenth century, concentrating on the relationship between villagers and their resident landlord.
This book is a detailed study of a village community during the first half of the sixteenth century, concentrating particularly on the little-researched relationship between the villagers and their resident landlord. Using contemporary records it looks at all aspects of the lives of the people living in the village and attempts to recreate the framework in which they lived and operated and which shaped their physical and emotional existence. Respectively both the gentry and the "ordinary people" of the early modern period have frequently been subjects of historical research: Dr Oestmann uses many of the techniques and ideas developed by these studies to analyse the interaction of these groups -here the Lestrange family with the inhabitants of Hunstanton. He discusses what drove the relationship and how the presence of the Lestrange family affected the village community.

CORD OESTMANN studied at the Centre of East Anglian Studies, Norwich (M.A.), and Gottingen University (Ph.D).


March 1994
1 black and white, 7 line illustrations
301 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780851153513
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
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Well-researched and fascinating... permit[s] us to see village life in early modern England in action. SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL
Of particular interest [in] that there have been few studies of villages with a resident gentry family... also important because there have been few local studies for the early sixteenth century, due to the paucity of sources. Oestmann portrays a genuine community among the Lestranges and their tenants, showing that it is unwise to ignore the gentry when studying small communities... a solid piece of work. ALBION
A book which anyone with an interest in pre-18th century rural societies ought to read. ROGER VIRGOE, CEAS NEWSLETTER