Medieval Framlingham: Select Documents 1270-1524

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John Ridgard
Boydell & Brewer, 1985 - History - 165 pages
Six medieval texts transcribed in full form the core of this book. They cover the Bigod, Brotherton and Howard eras and include a survey of Framlingham made in the late 13th century, an account of household expenses (mostly food and drink) compiled by the steward of the castle for the year 1385-6, and a large and detailed inventory of Framlingham castle drawn up (in English) in 1524. These documents illuminate the social and economic life of Framlingham within and without the castle walls during a period when the power and wealth of the lords of Framlingham castle greatly influenced the outcome of both regional and national events. Short descriptions of each text have been provided, which include translations of some of the most interesting items. John Ridgard's book begins with a short history of Framlingham in the middle ages. In addition to the historical material contained in the six transcribed texts, he has drawn widely on other documentary sources of the period, such as the recently rediscovered Survey of Framlingham made in 1547 and owned by Pembroke College, Cambridge. Short studies of four aspects of Framlingham's medieval history for which there is particularly interesting documentary evidence - hunting, milling, the provision of wine and spices, and the market - have been included in this volume as appendices.

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Abbreviations and Rules of Transcription
The Supply of Wines and Spices
Account Roll Framlingham Manor 12867 P R O SC69975
Household List the Earl Marshall Roger Bigod c 12945
Account Roll of the Keeper of the Hospice Framlingham Castle
Inventory Framlingham Castle 28 May 1524 Cambridg

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