Clerical Poll-Taxes in the Diocese of Lincoln 1377-81

Clerical Poll-Taxes in the Diocese of Lincoln 1377-81

by A.K. McHardy (Editor)




The clergy of England, like the laity, were subjected to a series of poll-taxes within a short space of time. This volume prints the surviving assessments made of the clergy of the diocese of Lincoln in the years 1377, 1379 and1381. Most of the material relates to the old county of Lincoln (now Lincolnshire and South Humberside) but there are also surveys of Leicestershire, Rutland, most of Bedfordshire, and parts of Huntingdonshire and Hertfordshire. These poll-tax asessments represent what was virtually a census of the clerical population whose members were listed parish by parish. The documents show us not only that the number of clergy was very great, but that most were without benefices, and that they tended to gather in areas of high prosperity. Publication of this material offers the opportunity to make a reassessment of the clergy and, hence, church of late medieval England.

Dr A.K. Mc HARDY is lecturer in history at the University of Nottingham and has edited The Church in London 1375-1392 for the London Record Society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780901503541
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 09/24/1992
Series: Publications of the Lincoln Record Society Series , #81
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

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