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KCL at The National Archives

Friday, April 26th, 2013


MA students from KCL at The National Archives

MA students from KCL at The National Archives

On Wednesday 27 March a group of students from KCL’s MA in Medieval History visited The National Archives. They were taken round by Dr Jessica Nelson (centre in group photo) who herself studied for her MA and doctorate at King’s. Illustrated below are some of the documents the group looked at.


A marginal head from a close roll


A Basset charter

A Basset charter

On the following day David Carpenter was back at TNA to photo the authorised version of Magna Carta in the Red Book of the Exchequer. While there he took the images illustrated of Henry II on his death bed (from the text of his will in the Black Book of the Exchequer):IMG_0032

and the image of Edward I legislating in the cartulary of Malmesbury Abbey:IMG_0052


Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Lampreys were the favourite fish of Henry III and Queen Eleanor, judging at least from a statement in a letter close that they found all other fish ‘insipid’. Lampreys were particularly caught in the Severn at Gloucester. For the men of Gloucester offering lampreys for a concession see Cal. Fine Rolls 1233-4, no.74.

In the KCL MA course on Magna Carta, there was some discussion of lampreys and what they looked like. Claire fitzGerald with praiseworthy initiative followed this up and as these images show brought one in for us to see. The image was taken by Richard de Renzy Channer also of the MA.

A drawing of Eva, nurse of Richard, the future earl of Cornwall

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Richard De Renzy Channer, an eagle-eyed MA student at King’s College London spotted this image of a woman’s head that is reminiscent of those of other women (e.g. Muriel the Jewess of Gloucester) found in the margins of the fine rolls. It is from the close roll of June 1213 (held at The National Archives) and is against an order to the exchequer to give 4d a day to Eva, nurse of King John’s son, Richard, the future earl of Cornwall, so it might well be her.

Visit by King’s MA students to The National Archives

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

On Thursday 16 February, Dr Jessica Nelson hosted a visit for David Carpenter’s MA students from King’s College London at the National Archives.

MA Students visit TNA

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Here are some photos of the visit by students from KCL’s MA in medieval history to TNA on Tuesday 14 June, when they were taken round by Dr Jessica Nelson; and these are some images they took from the Exchequer Memoranda roll of 1267-8 – of Nicholas of Ely, bishop of Worcester, the exchequer cloth and castle.