Moxon looks at the effect of national events on ordinary townspeople.
How did the town's economy cope with all the vicissitudes of this
tumultuous century? What was the lasting impact of Ashby's Puritan
ministers? What do we know of the housing conditions and the social
structure of the town? How were Ashby children educated? Who maintained
law and order and what were the town's by-laws? How did the personality
of the lord of the manor affect the town?