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Richard Cust and Peter Lake

This chapter explores the role of dynastic priorities in shaping the gentry’s ambitions and striving for reputation in local society. It looks at the ways in which this shaped their social horizons and sense of kinship, as well as their competition for status.

in Gentry culture and the politics of religion
Richard Cust and Peter Lake

This chapter explores the sense of identity associated with a sense of belonging to the ‘imagined community’ of Cheshire. It also investigates what it meant to be a country gentleman in this period, how encounters with London and the world of higher education shaped attitudes, and the various meanings of ‘Cheshireness’.

in Gentry culture and the politics of religion
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Richard Cust and Peter Lake

The introduction explores the historiography of the county study. It traces the flowering of the genre in the 1970s and 1980s and describes the new approaches since then that justify revisiting this approach to understanding the English civil war. It then explains the approaches adopted in this book.

in Gentry culture and the politics of religion