"Give a Manor Take a Manor: The Rise and Decline of a Medieval Manor" by Murray Johnston
11/14/2019

An account of a manorial estate in Medieval England

Online PR News – 14-November-2019 – London, England – ISBN #978-1789556889

"Give a Manor Take a Manor: The Rise and Decline of a Medieval Manor" by Murray Johnston is published

An account of a manorial estate in Medieval England

Today, in times of fading borders and challenged national identity, this book celebrates a treasured feature of English Heritage

About the Book:
Domestic rebellions and foreign wars, the king's rule, murder, traitors and execution, crippling debt, arranged marriages of young heirs and heiresses, avoidance of taxes, medieval decrees of inheritance, the black death and famine. All that and more can be found in a fascinating new book based on the meticulous research of exceptional author Murray Johnston.
While his first book, The Watford Knight's Fee, will satisfy serious students and enthusiasts of medieval English history, his second opens the door to everyone. A time machine takes the reader along a fascinating and sometimes wobbly journey with the lords of the manor through 700 years - including, unique in English history, one family for 500 years.
Welcome to the world of manors in medieval England!
For more details about this book, see: https://www.giveamanor.com

Excerpt from the book:

"Eustace III: The Rebel
In his later years, King John saw a transition of the Watford manor to Eustace III. His father died well-advanced in years, so Eustace III was no youngster, long since 'of age'. Although not destined to be lord of Watford for long, Eustace lived through one of the most tumultuous times in English history - the First Baron's War and the Magna Carta…

John de Ardern, brother of Eustace III, was disappointed to find that the 7 virgates in Watford given to him in his father's lifetime were mortgaged. His father, Eustace II, had given John's inheritance as security for a loan from the Jews of Northampton. Eustace II paid 70 shillings annually to the king's exchequer for the debt, and now the same obligation lay on John's shoulders. Unfortunately, like his father he was short of cash. Instead, John provided a horse for the king's use as substitute for his father's annual payment of 70s, and so the king granted John his lands…

The First Barons War commenced when the barons attacked but failed to take Northampton Castle. Nonetheless, they proceeded to successfully take London. King John was forced to attach his great seal to the Magna Carta in June 1215. But John set aside the Great Charter and the war with the barons continued. Many of the barons, including supporters such as Eustace de Watford, were cast adrift by the king due to their allegiance to the rebel cause."

About the Author:

Murray Johnston is the author of several books on family history venturing as far back as the 16th century. Rediscovering medieval places, events and people became an inseparable part of his life. Exploring connections to an ancient English parish introduced him to the medieval world of manors and the rise and decline of one in particular through seven centuries. Living the adventure of researching more than a thousand documents found in England's greatest archival institutions gave Murray the basis for his latest book: Give a Manor Take a Manor.

"Give a Manor Take a Manor" is available to purchase in hardback from Amazon UK at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Give-Manor-Take-Decline-Medieval/dp/1789556899

This well-researched book is also available to purchase in paperback at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Give-Manor-Take-Decline-Medieval/dp/1789556880

The e-book and audiobook versions of this book will also be released soon.

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