Introduction
in ‘No historie so meete’
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book. The book begins with an overview of the development of local-history writing in England, from its medieval and Tudor beginnings through to the period under discussion. It explores the historiographical context within which the Elizabethan gentry began to explore and express their interest in the past. The book demonstrates that this gentry interest in the past was not newly minted in the late sixteenth century, but was something that medieval historians had been aware of and exploited. It is concerned with the major historiographical strands represented in local history: genealogical, didactic and topographical. The book considers the relationship between developments in cartography and local history in this period, and how they were shaped by the expectations of their gentry consumers of their gentry consumers.

‘No historie so meete’

Gentry culture and the development of local history in Elizabethan and early Stuart England

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