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Widows, Heirs, and Heiresses in the Late Twelfth Century: the Rotuli De Dominabus Et Pueris Et Puellis.


Widows, heirs, and heiresses in the late twelfth century; the Rotuli de dominabus et pueris et puellis.

Ed. and trans. by John Walmsley.



146 pages



Medieval and Renaissance texts and studies; v.308


In Boothby Wapentake an aging widow owns considerable land, two plow teams, four cows, one bull, four sows, one boar, and 500 sheep, yielding her the princely sum of 22 pounds per year; elsewhere one of the young wards of the king has roughly the same income. This new edition of the Rotuli, a boon to students of the history of women and children of the period, is a parallel Latin/English treatment of the list of responses to a special inquiry about the property and status of widows and wards on estates held directly of the crown, such as those awarded for knight service. Walmsley (history, Macquarie U.), who also is an expert on the Domesday Book of exactly a century before the Rotuli, gives accessible and clear translations of the original as well as thorough notation.

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