By Colin Richmond
John Hopton's grownup lifestyles spanned the years among 1430 and 1478, apparently probably the most turbulent sessions in English heritage. He, even though, neither turns out to were bothered by way of the 'Wars of the Roses', nor to have displayed these attitudes quite often attributed to the higher periods of the time: unflagging vanity, brutal ambition, greedy competitiveness. If his vices weren't extravagant, his virtues too have been unexceptional, these might be of one of those state gentleman we often go along with a later age. Colin Richmond's e-book is an try and position a selected English gentleman within the framework of the area he knew. It opens with the tale of this landless Yorkshireman's acquisition of wealthy homes in Suffolk, and a dialogue of these estates themselves, how they have been controlled and their yield; it maintains with an outline of John, his extraordinary moment spouse Thomasin, their family members, and their existence at Blythburgh.
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Any description of what lands he got in 1430 must necessarily involve a narrative of how he secured them against those who challenged his title, for with so much at issue such were not wanting, and must also include some mention of those lands 54 BL, Lansdowne MS 255 f242. 56 65 Thus her IPM: PRO, G139/35/52. CCR 1422-9, PP357-60. "Thus her IPM: PRO, C139/W40. 58 Sir Roger Swillington is one of the 29 names collected by William Worcester of those lords and knights of Norfolk and Suffolk who had died without male issue in the reigns of Henry V and Henry VI.
17 JOHN HOPTON John. Not that he should have done. 69 William, Thomas' father, had been a great York burgess too, but John, like so many representatives of the third generation of English merchant families was a gentleman and, in his case anyway, a soldier. Did his gentlemanly tastes prove too grand for his lands, which his father had so carefully acquired in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire,70 to bear? Or was it his soldiering which in some way encumbered him? Perhaps both. 71 He would continue to mortgage one estate or another almost for the rest of his life.
85 By this time all their energies were probably engaged in obtaining those Swillington properties which had not been enfeoffed and which, therefore, fell to Elizabeth as Margaret Gra's heir. They were few and far between, but nonetheless were worth having for Robert Sampson was not a man of any substance. 86 The jurors had however found 82 Magdalen College, Cartae Misc. 317. HMG, De VIsle and Dudley MSS, 1, p 2 i i . He died later the same year: writ of diem clausit extremum 5 December 1459 (CFR 1452-61, P245).