Calendar of the Fine Rolls of the Reign of Henry III [1216-1248]: III. 1234-1242

October 2009
796 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843834885
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press

Calendar of the Fine Rolls of the Reign of Henry III [1216-1248]: III. 1234-1242

Edited by David Carpenter, Paul Dryburgh, Beth Hartland

The Fine Rolls were the earliest rolls kept by the English royal chancery. Recording offers of money to the king for all manner of concessions and favours, they are central to the study of political, governmental, legal, social and economic history. The reign of Henry III [1216-1272] is a particularly rich period for surviving documents; there are some 56 rolls preserved in the National Archives, one for each regnal year. However, despite the light they shed on politics, government, and society, they have never previously been properly edited or published, and these fully-indexed volumes - covering the period up to 1248 - will therefore be widely welcomed. The Latin rolls are presented in English translation, with all identifiable place-names modernised, although the original forms are preserved; and each volume includes full person, place and subject indexes.

This volume covers in some detail the first phase of Henry's personal rule, which began in 1234. The rolls provide key evidence both for the great reform of the realm following Henry's marriage to Eleanor of Provence in 1236 and for the concessions by which Henry encouraged participation in his Poitevin campaign of 1242. In two years when fine rolls are missing the volume prints originalia rolls [copies of the fine rolls sent to the Exchequer] in their place, thus enabling detailed examination of the processes by which the king raised his revenue.
Keywords: Medieval History

Table of Contents

Historical Introduction - David Carpenter
Editing the Fine Rolls: Style Book - Paul Dryburgh and Beth Hartland
The Fine Rolls
Addenda and Corrigenda


(parts I, II and III reviewed together) Hard to fault in both their purpose and execution [..] they fill a significant gap in both the published records of the period. ARCHIVES

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