This volume completes the publication of a unique source for historians of the later medieval nobility. Household accounts contain invaluable evidence on daily life as well as on medieval finance generally. In part 2, Woolgar has carefully selected and edited the accounts of 14 households, illustrating the full variety of texts that have survived. They include special accounts for expenses on jewels, furs, cloth and armour. Woolgar has also provided a complete catalogue of extant medieval English household accounts.
a bravura display of scholarly expertise which deserves to be loudly praised and widely utilized ... To have mapped out such a long process of change and to have classified its products is a considerable intellectual achievement, which rests on the inspection of a far wider range of accounts than those either printed or listed, as Dr Woolgar's footnotes make clear ... it is hard to think that this work as a whole could have been better done. * J.R. Maddicott, Exeter College, Oxford, EHR, Epr. '96 * a very welcome resource that should encourage further work on questions about tandards of living and the relationship between production and consumption in the upper reaches of the medieval economy. C.M. Woolgar contributes as well an important discussion of these documents...Woolgar has provided medievalists with a carefully selected collection of accounts from a wide social and geographic range. * Albion * Dr Woolgar has edited a generous sample of the extant private household accounts from medieval England... The accounts are a splendid source for virtually any aspect of medieval history.'
Rosemary Horrox, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 45, No. 3, July 1994 'a magnificent edition of the accounts of twenty-eight noble households ... There are documents from Yorkshire and Cumbria, a catalogue of extant household accounts, and a most valuable word list and glossary (useful for research in several fields). A model.'
Northern History 'This is a comprehensive glossary of the many unusual words, and a detailed index serves as an invaluable finding aid to the diverse range of information contained in these documents. All in all, this is a remarkable and welcome feat of patient scholarship.'
Bruce M.S. Campbell, The Queen's University, Belfast, Economic History Review, XLVII, 3 (1994) 'These two splendid volumes deserve the highest praise. He has written the history of household accounting from its beginning in the twelfth century to 1500. He has compiled a list of all the known medieval household accounts, so that it is now possible to establish instantly whether anything survives from any particular household. He has also edited, with great skill and care, a representative collection of twenty-nine household accounts. This is a timely
publication. Interest in the records of medieval households has been growing in recent years as a result of the converging interest of economic, social and political historians in patterns of marketing, standards of living, and the working of administrative structures. These topics, and many others, can be
richly explored with the help of these admirable volumes.'
R.H. Britnell, Archives, April 1994 'the clarity of presentation and high editorial standard ... maintained throughout means that students beginning research on original documents will find here an immensely useful guide and model to follow, just as teachers are assured a rich vein of source material ... it is a pleasure to conclude by noting that this one achieves the same level of proficiency as the rest of the two volumes .. . It is not only impeccable, with full and intelligently organised
subject categories, but also immensely informative, suggesting any number of unexpected lines of enquiry.'
Carole Rawcliffe, Ricardian, 6/94
Series: Household Accounts from Medieval England : Book 2
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 10th June 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.3
Weight (kg): 0.77