A Second Domesday?: The Hundred Rolls of 1279-80 by Sandra Raban

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By Sandra Raban

This can be the 1st finished learn of the 1279-80 hundred rolls, the most vital assets for later 13th century England. Raban places the rolls of their old context, seems on the method during which the inquiry used to be carried out and questions even if it used to be conceived as a moment Domesday. in line with the newest wisdom of the returns, this can be an integral operating device for historians.

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54 The inquiry he set in motion between 1273 and 1274 was therefore designed to inform him of his rights and permit him to claim all that was his due. Gaining a full picture of this and other Gascon inquiries presents even more problems than those carried out in England. The Bordeaux archives were largely destroyed during the course of their evacuation to England at the beginning of the war with France in 1294. Failure to pay the sailors hired to transport them led to them being deposited with the Franciscans on the Isle of Oléron.

At a more mundane level, the importance of archival evidence was also well understood both by Edward and his subjects. 11 It was not a new phenomenon, however. 13 The frequency with which private landlords made copies of Domesday entries relating to their own estates and the sizeable energies devoted to drawing up abridgements of its whole contents, testify to its pre-eminence among royal records and its role as a living authority. 15 Inevitably the passage of time limited the usefulness of a 11 E.

88 Such immediate action was not possible for the English commissioners of 1274–5, committed to a much more searching inquiry and the overwhelming number of issues it threw up. What therefore emerges from the twin strands of Edward I’s English and Continental inheritance is the essential interconnectedness of policy and administrative practice throughout Plantagenet domains. Although the evidence is often incomplete or even fragmentary, it is clear that he initiated a prodigious number of inquiries in the years immediately after his accession.

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