The Bailiffs' Minute Book of Dunwich, 1404-1430 by Mark Bailey

The Bailiffs' Minute Book of Dunwich, 1404-1430 by Mark Bailey

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An important 15th century source throws light on the organisation of what was one of medieval England's wealthiest ports.

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In 1200 the Suffolk town of Dunwich was one of medieval England's wealthiest ports. However, a succession of marine inundations in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries drastically reduced its size and importance. Evocative descriptions of Dunwich's long struggle against the sea abound, but little has been written about the medieval town itself. The Bailiffs' Minute Book of 1404-30 is the single most substantial and informative document to have survived from the borough's medieval archive. It provides new insights into the town's bitter legal dispute with neighbouring Walberswick, its system of government and the men who administered and financed the town. Of even greater importance are the many references to the fortunes and organisation of the fishing industry. Additionally, the Minute Book contains a number of detailed tax assessments, thus revealing how local communities shared the burden of royal lay subsidies. These assessments are among the first of their kind to be published. Mark Bailey is High Master of St Paul's School, and Professor of Later Medieval History at the University of East Anglia.

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SKU GOR004909881
Title The Bailiffs' Minute Book of Dunwich, 1404-1430
Author Edited by Mark Bailey
Condition WELLREAD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Year Published 1992
Number of Pages 159
ISBN 10 0851153062
ISBN 13 9780851153063
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and may be an ex library book.
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In 1200 the Suffolk town of Dunwich was one of medieval England's wealthiest ports. However, a succession of marine inundations in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries drastically reduced its size and importance. Evocative descriptions of Dunwich's long struggle against the sea abound, but little has been written about the medieval town itself. The Bailiffs' Minute Book of 1404-30 is the single most substantial and informative document to have survived from the borough's medieval archive. It provides new insights into the town's bitter legal dispute with neighbouring Walberswick, its system of government and the men who administered and financed the town. Of even greater importance are the many references to the fortunes and organisation of the fishing industry. Additionally, the Minute Book contains a number of detailed tax assessments, thus revealing how local communities shared the burden of royal lay subsidies. These assessments are among the first of their kind to be published. Mark Bailey is High Master of St Paul's School, and Professor of Later Medieval History at the University of East Anglia.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR004909881
Title The Bailiffs' Minute Book of Dunwich, 1404-1430
Author Edited by Mark Bailey
Condition WELLREAD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Year Published 1992
Number of Pages 159
ISBN 10 0851153062
ISBN 13 9780851153063
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and may be an ex library book.
Ex Library No