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The Winchester Pipe Rolls and Medieval English Society

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The Winchester pipe rolls - the estate accounts of the bishops of Winchester - constitute one of the most remarkable documentary survivals from medieval England, and are without parallel anywhere in the world, supplying detailed evidence for agriculture, prices, wages, the land market and peasant society in an exceptionally well-preserved sequence from 1209 onwards. They have attracted the attention of historians of medieval economy and society for over a century, first in deposit in the Public Record Office, more recently in Hampshire Record Office.
The essays collected here celebrate their survival and demonstrate their quality, putting them into perspective as a documentary source, and assessing how far their evidence is representative of England as a whole. The volume also demonstrates some of the new ways in which they are being put to use to enhance knowledge of medieval England, with a number of the articles concerned with recent research projects. The book is completed with a handlist of these records up to 1455, the year in which the bishopric administration started to keep its accounts in registers rather than rolls.

Contributors: RICHARD H. BRITNELL, BRUCE M. S. CAMPBELL, JOHN LANGDON, JOHN MULLAN, MARK PAGE, K. J. STOCKS, CHRISTOPHER THORNTON, NICHOLAS C. VINCENT.

RICHARD BRITNELL is Professor of History at the University of Durham.

Reviews

This wide-ranging book will henceforth provide an invaluable point of reference for further work on this magnificent series of documents. AGRICULTURAL HISTORY REVIEW
These essays show the Winchester pipe rolls to be noble indeed. MEDIEVAL REVIEW
Overall, this is a high quality collection which contains several substantial and important pieces.. The contributors successfully achieve their aim of celebrating the pipe rolls by showing some of the unparalleled strengths of the source. REVIEWS IN HISTORY

Details

First Published: 16 Oct 2003
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843830290
Pages: 224
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press
Subject: Medieval History
BIC Class: HBLC1

Details updated on 24 Jul 2014

Contents

  • 1  The Winchester Pipe Rolls and Their Historians
  • 2  A Unique Estate and a Unique Source: the Winchester Pipe Rolls in Perspective
  • 3  Payments to Manorial Courts in the Early Winchester Accounts
  • 4  The Peasant Land Market on the Estate of the Bishopric of Winchester before the Black Death
  • 5  The Land Market on the Estates of the Bishopric of Winchester 1348-1362
  • 6  The Level of Arable Productivity on the Bishopric of Winchester's Manor of Taunton, 1283-1348
  • 7  Boom and Bust: Building Investment on the Bishop of Winchester's Estate in the Early Fourteenth Century [with Jill Walker and John R Falconer]John R Falconer]
  • 8  Boom and Bust: Building Investment on the Bishop of Winchester's Estate in the Early Fourteenth Century [with Jill Walker and John Langdon]Langdon]
  • 9  The Politics of Church and State as Reflected in the Winchester Pipe Rolls, 1208-1280