Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem and other Analogous Documents preserved in the Public Record Office XXVI: 21-25 Henry VI (1442-1447)

Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem and other Analogous Documents preserved in the Public Record Office XXVI: 21-25 Henry VI (1442-1447)

Edited by M. L. Holford


Boydell Press



IPMs...are a hugely valuable source of information for those interested in the more 'everyday' social and economic life of medieval England. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
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 fifth volume in the new series, which calendars the inquisitions and related documents from Henry VI's reign more fully than ever before, deals with the years between 1442 and 1447. It includes valuable information and detailed returns on the estates of the greater aristocracy - e.g. John Beaufort, duke of Somerset (d. 1444), and Humphrey, duke of Gloucester (d. 1447), alongside lesser landholders, jurors' names and full manorial extents. It also provides comprehensive indexes of persons, places, and subjects.


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August 2009
674 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Public Record Office: Calendar of Inquisitions Post-Mortem
ISBN: 9781843834793
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
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(reviewed together with vol 25) One particularly welcome feature which distinguishes the new series of Calendars from its precursors is the provision in each individual volume of a short introduction which apart from a detailed account of the editorial conventions adopted also offers a brief archival history of the record series edited. ARCHIVES

Remarkable for the quantity of information they contain and for their ease of use. They are a triumph of accuracy, concision and clarity; the individual editors are to be congratulated on their immaculate scholarship. THE ESSEX JOURNAL

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