Welcome to the blog for the Henry III Fine Rolls Project, 1216-1272

Welcome to the blog for the Henry III Fine Rolls Project.  We are delighted to announce the publication of our latest Fine of the Month, ‘Beyond respite: a case study in local power and authority during the minority of Henry III’ by Dr Colin Veach, an authority on the de Lacy family and their lands in England, Ireland and Normandy. In this essay, Colin shows how an entry in the Fine Rolls, in this case a mandate that granted Walter de Lacy respite from rendering his shrieval account for Herefordshire in 1219, can offer important insights into the crown’s weakness in the localities at this time, and into the damaging effect which the rivalries between the de Braose, de Burgh and de Lacy families had on royal authority in the Welsh Marches. This Fine of the Month will be of particular interest to those studying the history of the castles of Grosmont (Monmouthshire), Skenfrith (Monmouthshire) and Llantilio (Whitecastle, Monmouthshire), known collectively as the Three Castles.

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