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The development of regional networks
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This chapter explores the regional networks that supported the development of local history and how an individual's social and religious status influenced membership of such networks. It looks at specific local historians, who occupied different social strata within the gentry and represented a variety of religious views. The development of local history in the Elizabethan and early Stuart period has frequently been interpreted as evidence of a strong sense of and pride in a local identity based on the county. Within the hierarchical society of Elizabethan and early Stuart England, William Burton's social status bestowed upon him a certain automatic respect from his fellow gentry and from those lower down the social scale. Catholic local historians were drawn from the social elite of their counties, suggesting that antiquarian sociability may have been more difficult to establish across the religious divide at lower levels of gentry society.

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‘No historie so meete’

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


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