The Brewers’ Book, Part 1, 1418-25
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390 Pages

24.4 x 15 cm

2 maps, 2 colour and 9 b/w illus.

Series: London Record Society

Series Vol. Number: 58

Imprint: London Record Society

The Brewers’ Book, Part 1, 1418-25

An Edition of the Minute Book of William Porlond, Clerk of the Brewers’ Company

by Caroline Anne Metcalfe

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The Brewers' Book was compiled by their clerk from 1418-40. This rare survival shines a light upon the craft and fraternity of Brewers of London at a time of change, when ale production faced competition from beer brewers. The clerk declared his intention to use English, as King Henry V did in letters from France, rather than Latin and French, which gives the book a linguistic significance.
By 1418, the company had its own hall, in St Mary Aldermanbury parish. The clerk recorded entries to the freedom and the fraternity, annual payments, the men and women who bought livery cloth, and preparations for the annual feast. In 1423 the Brewers created an almshouse for their poor members and listed the building works and costs involved.
The Brewers faced criticism and hostility from mayor Richard Whittington, which are documented vividly. The Brewers supplied ale to the household of Queen Katherine and for her coronation. The clerk wrote an account of the funeral processions for King Henry V in 1422 in London and Westminster, noting the role played by the London crafts.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements of any grants given
List of Illustrations
Editorial Method
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations

Introduction
The Brewers' Book, Part 1, 1418-25

Select Glossary
Appendix I: List of Masters of the Craft and Fraternity of Brewers, 1406-25
Appendix II: List of Named Properties in William Porlond's Brewers' Book, Part 1
Index of People
Index of Places

Caroline Metcalfe read History at the University of London, in the 1970s and returned to study for her Masters in Medieval Studies at Royal Holloway College, 2010- 2012. She has worked on The Brewers' Book extensively and published 2 articles in the Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, about William Porlond himself and about the quarrel between Richard Whittington and the Brewers, 1419-22.

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Title Details

390 Pages

2.44 x 1.5 cm

2 maps, 2 colour and 9 b/w illus.

Series: London Record Society

Series Vol. Number: 58

Imprint: London Record Society