by Rosie Bevan [1]


This article is an attempt to examine contemporary sources to construct a genealogy of the Quarles family during the medieval period, as well as explore its economic activity throughout this time. As merchants, the Quarles family took advantage of the burgeoning wool and fishing industries, continental trade agreements, and the development of ports on the north Norfolk coast, which led to the rise in trade and shipping during the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries. The family’s intermarriages with minor gentry, meant it kept a foothold in landed interests, while mercantile activity contributed to its increasing social and geographical mobility to spread within Norfolk, and to London and Northamptonshire by the mid-sixteenth century.

Foundations (2018) 10: 25-61                           © Copyright FMG and the author

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