The Watford Knight's Fee: The Medieval Manors of Watford, Northamptonshire.

The Watford Knight's Fee: The Medieval Manors of Watford, Northamptonshire.

by Murray Johnston
The Watford Knight's Fee: The Medieval Manors of Watford, Northamptonshire.

The Watford Knight's Fee: The Medieval Manors of Watford, Northamptonshire.

by Murray Johnston

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Overview

As far back as the Norman Conquest of 1066, Watford with three towns was exceptional. Soon after, the king awarded Watford as a knight’s fee—a parcel of land sufficient to support a knight. Two centuries on, the single holding was broken into separate manors for the deceased lord’s daughters. Some 350 troublesome years and three families later, the manors of Watford were recombined by a wealthy London merchant.

Remarkably, the heirs of the Ardern family of Watford held the manors continuously for nearly 500 years from the twelfth century, claiming a unique place in English history.

Accurately presented and meticulously researched, The Watford Knight’s Fee explores the Watford manors, revealing surprising stories of their lands and those who occupied their medieval halls. The first book of its kind to be published on the subject, The Watford Knight’s Fee is a must-read for any English or medieval history enthusiast. Author Murray Johnston adds colour to the story with original text and images of documents, reproductions of maps of the grounds, and ample charts of land holdings.



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ISBN-13: 9781545617052
Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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