The Register of William Melton, Archbishop of York, 1317-1340, VI

The Register of William Melton, Archbishop of York, 1317-1340, VI

Edited by David Robinson


Canterbury & York Society



This volume, continuing the series of great medieval bishops' registers, offers material valuable for both religious and social history.
The register of Archbishop William Melton is one of the largest and most comprehensive to survive. Its backbone is the institution of clergy and licences to them, papal provisions and ordination of vicars and chantries, but it also contains a wealth of material for social history. During the period it covers, the East Riding of Yorkshire was flourishing, and a number of entries in the register reflect the challenges which the newly-founded town of Kingston upon Hull was causing for the existing parochial structure. The archbishop is shown anathematizing malefactors who stole his swans and invaded his liberties in Beverley and the river Hull, and demanding the return of stolen wool on behalf of a merchant whose ship had been wrecked in the river Humber. The register also covers the origins of one of the last monasteries to be founded in medieval England, Haltemprice, and reveals the shortcomings of monks and nuns as well as secular clergy and members of the laity; more widely, many entries reflect the tensions between outlying vills and chapelries and their mother churches.
The text is presented here with introduction, apparatus, and notes which elucidate the entries.

David Robinson, until his retirement County Archivist of Surrey, was awarded his PhD from the University of Cambridge.


May 2011
292 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Canterbury & York Society
ISBN: 9780907239734
Format: Hardback
Canterbury & York Society
BISAC HIS037010, REL108020
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Table of Contents

Archdeaconry of the East Riding
Index of Persons and Places
Index of Subjects


A fine addition to the Canterbury and York Society series. ARCHIVES

A worthy, valuable addition to the series that brings this significant editorial project one step closer to completion. NORTHERN HISTORY

The edition is extremely well done. (...) A valuable, rewarding and welcome addition to the run of Canterbury and York Society publications. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

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