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Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem and other Analogous Documents preserved in the Public Record Office XXV: 16-20 Henry VI (1437-1442)

Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem and other Analogous Documents preserved in the Public Record Office XXV: 16-20 Henry VI (1437-1442)

Edited by CLAIRE NOBLE
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition: NED - New edition
Published by: Boydell and Brewer,
Pages: 814
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7722/j.ctt9qdk2j
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    Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem and other Analogous Documents preserved in the Public Record Office XXV: 16-20 Henry VI (1437-1442)
    Book Description:

    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 volume incorporates not only inquisitions post mortem but also assignments of dower and proofs of age from across the counties of England and the Marches of Wales. Covering the period between 1437 and 1442, it is especially rich in inquisitions relating to the lands of the earls of Warwick, and the Arundels and Fitzalans. Rich rewards also await the more casual inquirer. Quite apart from buried treasure (gold and silver were unearthed at St Paul's Cray, Kent), standard information includes medieval descriptions of towns and villages and the charting of land and its descent at all social levels. The volume also provides comprehensive indexes of persons, places, and subjects. ACADEMIC DIRECTOR AND GENERAL EDITOR: Christine Carpenter

    eISBN: 978-1-84615-697-7
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. GENERAL EDITOR’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
    (pp. vii-viii)
    Christine Carpenter
  4. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
    (pp. ix-x)
    Claire Noble
  5. EDITORIAL INTRODUCTION
    (pp. xi-xxi)

    Several classes of document at The National Archives (Public Record Office) were consulted in the compilation of this calendar.¹ The core text is derived from the Chancery series of inquisitionspost mortem(IPMs) — this is the C 139 series which covers the reign of Henry VI. These documents were generated by order of the Chancery to the escheator. They are not, however, the only ones that the escheator compiled in the course of this type of work. The escheator was also an officer of the Exchequer and, as such, copies of IPMs returned to Chancery were also returned to the...

  6. LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
    (pp. xxii-xxiii)
  7. TABLE OF REFERENCES
    (pp. xxiv-xlix)
  8. TABLE OF ESCHEATORS
    (pp. l-liv)
  9. CALENDAR
    (pp. 1-523)
  10. INDEX OF JURORS’ NAMES
    (pp. 524-593)
  11. INDEX OF PERSONAL NAMES
    (pp. 594-666)
  12. INDEX OF PLACE-NAMES
    (pp. 667-778)
  13. INDEX OF SUBJECTS
    (pp. 779-802)
  14. Back Matter
    (pp. 803-803)