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‘Some banglyng about the customes’: Popular Memory and the Experience of Defeat in a Sussex Village, 1549–1640

Wood, Andy

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This article deploys a body of remarkably detailed witness statements to interrogate the nature of popular memory and social conflict in Petworth, Sussex. These depositions are located in two specific contexts: a struggle between the tenants of Petworth and the ninth earl of Northumberland (1591 – 1608) and the broader pattern of resistance and negotiation in the village between the ‘commotion time’ of 1549 and the calling of the Short Parliament. The essay presents a micro-history of local struggles over land, rights and resources and the findings open up questions within the recent historiography of early modern social relations, undermining the notion that authority was flexibly negotiated between ruler and ruled. Instead, it locates negotiation within social structures that gave a powerful advantage to the gentry and nobility. In this respect, the essay builds upon the return in social history to questions of economic inequality and imbalances of political agency.

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Wood, A. (2014). ‘Some banglyng about the customes’: Popular Memory and the Experience of Defeat in a Sussex Village, 1549–1640. Rural History, 25(1), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0956793313000174

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Mar 10, 2014
Publication Date Apr 1, 2014
Deposit Date Nov 27, 2014
Publicly Available Date Aug 13, 2018
Journal Rural History
Print ISSN 0956-7933
Electronic ISSN 1474-0656
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 1
Pages 1-14
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/s0956793313000174

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This article has been published in a revised form in Rural History https://doi.org/10.1017/S0956793313000174. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press 2014.





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