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News on Volume 4 of the Fine Rolls of Henry III, 1242-48

Friday, December 14th, 2012

The project team – Beth Hartland, Paul Caton, David Carpenter, Sean Cunningham and Louise Wilkinson all met at King’s College London on 4 December 2012 to discuss the completion of volume 4 of the printed edition of the Henry III Fine Rolls (1242-48), which will be published by Boydell and Brewer. The team are pleased to report that excellent progress has been made on this volume – it is 95% complete – and that we are now ready to create the print files and indexes in the New Year.

Louise Wilkinson

Battle of Lewes Conference (14 April 2012)

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Members of the project team – David Carpenter and Louise Wilkinson – gave lectures at a one-day conference to commemorate the Battle of Lewes on Saturday 14 April 2012. The conference, which was sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund and hosted by Baroness Andrews, chair of English Heritage, and the Sussex Archaeological Society at the Lewes Assembly Rooms, attracted 300 delegates. Other speakers included Dr Adrian Jobson, Dr John Maddicott, Dr Huw Ridgeway, Dr Andrew Spencer and Dr Tim Sutherland.



Sad News: The Death of Aidan Hyland Lawes

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

It is with great sorrow that we announce the recent death, on Palm Sunday 1 April 2012, at the age of 54, of our former colleague Aidan Hyland Lawes.  He never fully recovered from a dangerous operation undergone at Harefield Hospital on 25 January.  Aidan was for several years a valuable and valued member of the Fine Rolls project team as a representative of The National Archives.   He was a great advocate and supporter of the publication of historical records of all periods, and was in charge of publications at The National Archives for a number of years, before he had to take early retirement at the end of 2008 because of ill-health.  He attended the project events held in the Rolls Chapel building at the Chancery Lane building of the former Public Record Office, now the Maugham Library of King’s College, which features in his publication Chancery Lane, 1377-1977: ‘The Strong Box of the Empire’ (PRO Publications, 1996).  In the volume he printed the poem Goodbye Chancery Lane by a former colleague, Alan Jensen.  One verse reads: ‘The Rolls Chapel is empty too, But for the brooding tombs, Whose occupants keep a watchful eye, On the abandoned reading rooms’.  Aidan loved the building and its history, and was delighted that it eventually found such a suitable use as a King’s College library, overcoming the gloom occasioned by the departure of the records and staff in 1996 and encapsulated in Alan’s poem.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and shared his enthusiasms.

Aidan (centre), with David Crook and David Carpenter

Battle of Lewes Conference Saturday 14 April 2012

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The Battle of Lewes: the beginnings of parliamentary democracy?

A conference to be held in the Assembly Room of Lewes Town Hall, will take place on Saturday 14 April 2012.  Starting with registration at 9.30, the speakers will be David Carpenter, Huw Ridgeway, Adrian Jobson, John Maddicott, Louise Wilkinson, Andrew Spencer and Tim Sutherland.  The conference as been organised by the HLF-funded Battle of Lewes Group (Sussex Archaeological Society) which is working to promote understanding of the battle whose 750th anniversary take place in 2014.

More details can be found and and  bookings made online here. The cost is £30 with students able to have a reduced fee of £20.

Posted on behalf of Dr Michael Ray.

Thirteenth Century England Conference, 2011

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Scholars of the Thirteenth Century

Dr Michael Ray has kindly supplied us with these images from the Thirteenth Century England Conference, held in Wales in September 2011, which was attended by members of the Henry III Fine Rolls Project and many other scholars (those pictured above are David Carpenter, Tony Moore, Sophie Ambler, Richard Cassidy and William Stewart-Parker; Michael Ray is included in the picture at the bottom of this post).

Aberystwyth Castle

Lampeter College

Dr Michael Ray and friends

Anglo-Gascon Aquitaine: Problems and Perspectives. An Anglo-French Conference organised by the AHRC-Funded Project, The Gascon Rolls, 1317-1468, and held on 23-24 September 2011 in the History Faculty Building at Oxford

Monday, September 26th, 2011

David Carpenter writes.  I could not attend the first day of this conference as it coincided with the start of the  MA in Medieval History at King’s. However, I was able to attend on the Saturday and indeed give a paper which drew on material from the fine rolls project.

I heard a series of fascinating talks including one Frédéric Boutoulle from the University of Bordeaux on ‘Royal bailiffs and village communities in Gascony during the reign of Henry III’.

Ideas for an Opera

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Followers of the fine rolls on Twitter  will have noticed some debate at the Thirteenth Century England Conference in Aberystwyth about how to cast a feature film on Henry III and Simon de Montfort. Another question would be how to cast an opera. If  Verdi had written ‘Simon de Montfort’, it could surely have rivalled Don Carlos. My own feeling is that Henry III and Queen Eleanor should be sung by respectively a tenor and a mezzo, while Montfort should be a bass baritone and Eleanor M a soprano.  Of course, it depends what era one is taking the singers from.  I have a  fine recording of Rigoletto from around 1960, and if one transposed the cast from that, then we would have:  Montfort,  Ettore Bastianini  (the right confidence, but perhaps not the neurotic edge); Henry III, Alfredo Kraus (my favourite tenor); Queen Eleanor, Fiorenza Cossotto; and Eleanor M, Renata Scotto (my favourite soprano). But I am sure others will have better and more up to date ideas!

Sir Maurice Powicke

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

David Carpenter writes…

On Sunday 28 August, I visited Maurice Powicke’s grave in the church yard of St Catherine’s  Eskdale in the Lake District. Since I was last there a few years ago, the stone has become much discoloured and is largely illegible without close examination.  However one can still read ‘The Truth Shall Set Thee Free’  at the top and ‘HISTORIAN’. The adjoining stone of Richard Pares is in an even  worse state. Was Pares, Powicke’s son in law?  Both stones are by the church yard wall overlooking the river Esk. Into the wall is set a little tablet to Powicke’s son who was killed in a car accident in Oxford in the 1930s.

We went on to discover for the first time Powicke’s house, Christcliffe cottage, which is in a very isolated setting up the valley though with few adjoining houses making a little settlement. The cottage is fairly small and remained in the hands of Powicke’s decendants till purchased by the present owner. I gather that very little has been done to modernise it in inside and it may be much as in Powicke’s time. I hope a photograph will follow.

Henry III Fine Rolls Conference: Podcasts Online!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

If you missed the end of project conference in June, then the talks can be listened to as podcasts online through iKings. The photos from the reception have also been placed on Facebook.

Meeting of the Fine Rolls Project Team

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

We had a useful meeting of the Project team on Wednesday 10 August, although several of us were away on holiday. One possibility discussed was to continue the Fines of the Month and indeed the blog beyond the official end of the project next year. Which years in Henry’s reign had the same Easter as 2012?!