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Medieval Dating: The Modernisation of Dates and the Enhancement of Earlier Volumes

Dr. Gordon McKelvie explains the importance of adding modernized dates to the earlier CIPM volumes, and explores the research possibilities offered by the original dates found in the documents themselves.

CIPM XX.252 and missing IPMs

CIPM xx.252, for Robert Langdon, is an unusual entry in relating to an IPM that (as we shall see, contrary to the calendar entry) no longer survives. It reads in full as follows:

Fitzalan or Arundel? The earls of Arundel's surname in the 15th-century IPMs.

The Fitzalan earls of Arundel descended from William fitz Alan (son of Alan fitz Flaad), lord of Oswestry and Clun on the Shropshire march at the start of the twelfth century.  They acquired Arundel castle from an heiress of the last d'Aubigny earl of Arundel in 1244 and became themselves earls of Arundel in 1292.  The family died out in 1580 when the 12th earl died without male heirs, after which the castle and title passed to the Howards (who in the mid-nineteenth century adopted the surname Fitzalan-Howard).

Digitization of the IPMs

We are very pleased to announce that digitization of CIPM 3-20 and 2nd series 1-3 has commenced and is being carried out by Numen who will provide rekeyed text for these volumes. (The digital text for CIPM 21-26 is generated from PDFs of the volumes, as explained elsewhere on this site.)

The Certificates of Homage: Some Preliminary Thoughts

Michael Hicks explores the ceremony of homage, its surviving documentation, and possible implications for the king's relations with his tenants-in-chief.