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p. 604. Impacts and legacieslocked

  • William Doyle


‘Impacts and legacies’ shows how aristocrats influenced the rest of society. They both expected and received deference from their social inferiors. In economic terms, they supported sectors of the economy such as luxury goods and large-scale construction and employed many servants. Although not generally concerned with efficiency, English landowners also developed agriculture. Nobles were a consistent source of pressure for war, as they initially provided forces, and later officered standing armies. They were also a check on monarchical authority, defending their liberties and running parliaments to protect their interests. They were also leaders in style and taste. The church benefited from noble benefactors, and enjoyed a close relationship with aristocrats.

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