The Household Roll of Eleanor de Montfort, Countess of Leicester and Pembroke, 1265: British Library, Additional MS 8877

Wilkinson, Louise (2020) The Household Roll of Eleanor de Montfort, Countess of Leicester and Pembroke, 1265: British Library, Additional MS 8877. The Pipe Roll Society New Series, 63 . The Boydell Press for the Pipe Roll Society, Woodbridge. ISBN 9780901134776

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The household roll of Eleanor, countess of Leicester and Pembroke, offers a fascinating insight into one of the most important domestic establishments in England during the Second Barons' War of 1263-7. As the wife of Simon de Montfort, earl of Leicester, the leading figure within the baronial regime, and the sister and aunt of King Henry III and the Lord Edward, respectively, Countess Eleanor occupied a position at the heart of English political affairs up to, and after, her husband's death at the Battle of Evesham on 4 August 1265. This volume is a critical edition of the extant thirteen membranes of Countess Eleanor's household account roll for that momentous year, 1265 (British Library, Additional MS 8877). Presented here in the original Latin and with an accompanying English translation, Countess Eleanor's roll includes her diet account for the period from 19 February to 29 August 1265, listing her visitors and the different items of food and drink consumed on each day at each castle at which she was resident, including Wallingford, Odiham and Dover. The roll also incorporates a "wardrobe journal", covering the period up until 1 October 1265, detailing expenditure on the purchase and repair of household furnishings, goods and utensils, on clothing and wages, on the Montfortian war effort in the South, and on messengers travelling to and from the countess, Earl Simon, her sons and associates, in the months before and after the Battle of Evesham.

Additional Information:This volume was assisted by a grant of £5000 from the Stenton Fund of the British Academy in 2019.
Keywords:Great Household, Dover Castle, Portchester Castle, Eleanor de Montfort, Second Barons' War, Simon de Montfort, Medieval Women, Medieval Aristocratic Life, Diet Account, Wardrobe Journal, Social Networks, Medieval Hospitality, Medieval Religion, Odiham Castle, Richard of Cornwall, Henry III, The Lord Edward (Edward I)
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V214 English History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V320 Social History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:05 Jun 2020 10:57

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