Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem and other Analogous Documents preserved in The National Archives XXXV: 1 Edward V to Richard III (1483-1485)
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21st May 2021

264 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Public Record Office: Calendar of Inquisitions Post-Mortem

Imprint: Boydell Press

Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem and other Analogous Documents preserved in The National Archives XXXV: 1 Edward V to Richard III (1483-1485)

Edited by Gordon McKelvie

General editor Michael Hicks

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A valuable resource on the social and economic life of medieval England
Inquisitions post mortem are the single most important source for the history of medieval English landed society and are indispensable to social, economic, and political historians of the later middle ages; they were compiled with the help of jurors from the area, as a county-by-county record of a deceased individual's land-holdings and associated rights, where the individual held land directly of the crown. It is this explicit connection with land and locality - in economic, social, political, and topographical terms - that makes these documents of such comprehensive interest.
This volume calendars the inquisitions and related documents from the short reigns of Edward V and Richard III, from the protectorate to the battle of Bosworth (1483-1485). It looks at 101 individuals across 181 inquisitions and includes valuable information and detailed returns on the estates of the greater aristocracy, among them Henry Bourchier, earl of Essex and William Lord Hastings [d. 1483], alongside lesser landholders, jurors' names and full manorial extents. The volume incorporates not only inquisitions post mortem but also assignments of dower and a proof of age from across the counties of England and the Marches of Wales. It is especially rich in inquisitions relating to the lands of the royal justices and widowed dowagers and documents how many landholders had conveyed lands to trustees, thus escaping royal wardship and prompting remedial legislation by Richard's parliament. Standard information includes medieval descriptions of towns and villages and the charting of land and its descent at all social levels. The volume also provides comprehensive indexes of jurors, persons, places, and subjects.

GORDON MCKELVIE, the principal researcher, is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Winchester and author of Bastard Feudalism, English Society, and the Law (Boydell, 2020).

MICHAEL HICKS, the academic director, is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Winchester and author of Richard III: The Self-Made King (Yale, 2019), among many other books and articles.

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Title Details

21st May 2021

264 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Public Record Office: Calendar of Inquisitions Post-Mortem

Imprint: Boydell Press