The Great Roll of the Pipe for the 43rd Year of King Henry III (Michaelmas 1259)
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800 Pages

24.2 x 14.6 cm

Series: Publications of the Pipe Roll Society New Series

Series Vol. Number: 66

Imprint: Pipe Roll Society

The Great Roll of the Pipe for the 43rd Year of King Henry III (Michaelmas 1259)

General editor Paul Dryburgh and Louise J. Wilkinson

Edited by Richard Cassidy

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Critical insights into the period of baronial reform and rebellion in England (1258-67) and the evolution of parliament.


This new edition of the 1259 pipe roll sees the Pipe Roll Society returning to its roots by publishing the financial records of the English crown. The decision to publish this particular roll reflects the importance of the year 1259 in English constitutional and political history, at a critical juncture in the period of baronial reform and rebellion in England (1258-67) and the evolution of parliament. In 1258, a group of baronial reformers had imposed a council of fifteen on the king and attempted to regulate the workings of royal government and correct the misgovernment of both the centre and the localities.


The contents of this pipe roll cover the first full year of the operation of this baronial government. It contains accounts for most of the counties of England and offers valuable insights into government finance and how royal administration productively functioned during this period. In particular, it provides detailed information about the sources of royal revenues and how these revenues were spent in the counties. The information within the roll, and within its ancillary records, sheds new light on the relationship between the central government and the sheriffs, the crown's chief local agents, which had been radically altered in 1258,with the appointment of new sheriffs by the reforming council as custodians, who were expected to account for the traditional income from the counties. Dr Cassidy's analysis of the pipe roll, analysed in the introduction to his new edition, demonstrates that the reformers' efforts to control the financial administration and reform Exchequer procedures met with success, in the beginning.
1.Introduction
2.Transcript (with Appendix)
3.Index of People and Places
4.Index of Subjects

PAUL DRYBURGH is Principal Records Specialist (Medieval) at The National Archives, UK.

LOUISE J. WILKINSON is Professor of Medieval Studies, University of Lincoln.

RICHARD CASSIDY studied history as an undergraduate at St Catherine's College, Oxford, in the 1960s. After retirement from a career in the gas industry, he returned to history, with an MA and PhD in medieval history at King's College, London. His PhD thesis 'The 1259 Pipe Roll' is the basis for an edition of that roll to be published by the Pipe Roll Society. Since completing his doctorate in 2012, he has published several articles on thirteenth-century royal finance and administration. He has also written a book, Approaching Pipe Rolls: The Thirteenth Century, to be published by Routledge in the Approaching Medieval Sources series

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Title Details

800 Pages

2.42 x 1.46 cm

Series: Publications of the Pipe Roll Society New Series

Series Vol. Number: 66

Imprint: Pipe Roll Society