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The years between 1258 and 1276 comprise one of the most influential periods in the Middle Ages in Britain. This turbulent decade witnessed a bitter power struggle between Henry III and his barons over who should control the government of the realm. Before England eventually descended into civil war, a significant proportion of the baronage had attempted to transform its governance by imposing on the crown a programme of legislative and administrative reform far more radical and wide-ranging than Magna Carta in 1215. Constituting a critical stage in the development of parliament, the reformist movement would remain unsurpassed in its radicalism until the upheavals of the seventeenth century. Simon de Montfort, the baronial champion, became the first leader of a political movement to seize power and govern in the king's name.
The essays here draw on material available for the first time via the completion of the project to calendar all the Fine Rolls of Henry III; these rolls comprise the last series of records of the English Chancery from that period to become readily available in a convenient form, thereby transforming accessto several important fields of research, including financial, legal, political and social issues. The volume covers topics including the evidential value of the fine rolls themselves and their wider significance for the English polity, developments in legal and financial administration, the roles of women and the church, and the fascinating details of the development of the office of escheator. Related or parallel developments in Scotland, Wales and Ireland are also dealt with, giving a broader British dimension.

LOUISE J. WILKINSON is Professor of Medieval Studies, University of Lincoln; DAVID CROOK is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Notthingham.

Contributors: Nick Barratt, Paul Brand, David Carpenter, David Crook, Paul Dryburgh, Beth Hartland, Philippa Hoskin, Charles Insley, Adrian Jobson, Tony Moore, Alice Taylor, Nicholas Vincent, Scott Waugh, Louise Wilkinson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783274628
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 02/21/2020
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

David Crook is Assistant Keeper of Public Records, Public Record Office, Kew.

Professor in Medieval History, Canterbury Christ Church University

Alice Taylor lives in the village of Innishannon in County Cork, in a house attached to the local supermarket and post office. Since her eldest son has taken over responsibility for the shop, she has been able to devote more time to her writing.

Alice Taylor worked as a telephonist in Killarney and Bandon. When she married, she moved to Innishannon where she ran a guesthouse at first, then the supermarket and post office. She and her husband, Gabriel Murphy, who sadly passed away in 2005, had four sons and one daughter. In 1984 she edited and published the first issue of Candlelight, a local magazine which has since appeared annually. In 1986 she published an illustrated collection of her own verse.

To School Through the Fields was published in May 1988. It was an immediate success, and quickly became the biggest selling book ever published in Ireland. It launched Alice on a series of signing sessions, talks and readings the length and breadth of Ireland. Her first radio interview, forty two minutes long on RTÉ Radio's Gay Byrne Show, was the most talked about radio programme of 1988, and her first television interview, of the same length, was the highlight of the year on RTÉ television's Late Late Show. Since then she has appeared on radio programmes such as Woman's Hour, Midweek and The Gloria Hunniford Show, and she has been the subject of major profiles in the Observer and the Mail on Sunday.

Alice has written nearly twenty books since then, large exploring her village of Inishannon, and the way of life in rural Ireland. She has also written poetry and fiction: her first novel, The Woman of the House, was an immediate bestseller in Ireland, topping the paperback fiction lists for many weeks.

One of Ireland's most popular authors, her most recent book is And Life Lights Up.

Table of Contents

Introduction - David Carpenter and David Crook and Louise J. Wilkinson
Between Magna Carta and the Parliamentary State: The Fine Rolls of King Henry III, 1216-72 - David Carpenter
The Form and Function of the Originalia Rolls - Paul Dryburgh
The Fine Rolls of Henry III as a Source for the Legal Historian - Paul Brand
The Fine Rolls as Evidence for the Expansion of Royal Justice during the Reign of Henry III - Tony K. Moore
Administering the Irish Fines, 1199-1254: The English Chancery, the Dublin Exchequer and the Seeking of Favours - Beth Hartland
Auditing and Enrolment in Thirteenth-Century Scotland - Alice Taylor
Imitation and Independence in Native Welsh Administrative Culture, c.1180-1280 - Charles Insley
An Inventory of Gifts to King Henry III, 1234-5 - Nicholas Vincent
Another Fine Mess: Evidence for the Resumption of Exchequer Authority in the Minority of Henry III - Nick Barratt
Roger of Wendover, Prior of Belvoir, and the Implementation of the Charter of the Forest, 1225-27 - David Crook
Royal Government and Administration in Post-Evesham England, 1265-70 - Adrian L Jobson
The Church and the King: Canon Law and Kingship in England, 1257-61 - Philippa M. Hoskin
Women in English Local Government: Sheriffs, Castellans and Foresters - Louise J. Wilkinson
The Origins of the Office of Escheator - Scott L. Waugh

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