The Gentry is a history of England told through its families. This website contains family trees, a few maps and many images illustrating some of the background to the twelve families who carry the story of England in the book.

Read a sample chapter about Sir John Oglander, the 17th-century squire of Nunwell in the Isle of Wight, his life and family, his dreams and ambitions and the tragedies that struck him....

Map of the locations of the twelve families

To see more details of each family, select their name from the menu on the left or follow the link from their name on the map.

The familes - map The Plumptons The Hugheses The Throckmortons The Le Neves The Cliffords The Lascelles The Oxindens The Aclands The Thynnes The Pinckneys The Oglanders The Capels