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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.

A Pleasure Ground for the Duke: The Landscape of Fulbrook, Warwickshire

In this extended feature Professor Chris Dyer, emeritus professor of regional and local history at the University of Leicester, explores what the IPM of John, duke of Bedford, taken in 1436, can tell us about the changing landscape of Fulbrook in central Warwickshire.

Contrasting Emotions: The Baptism of Philip Courtenay, 18 January 1404

Michael Hicks explores an eventful day at Ashton parish church, Devon, as recorded in the proof of age of Philip Courtenay  (CIPM xxii.530).

Unpublished IPMs: Joan Mohun, 1404

This inquisition is another discovery in the Exchequer archive of IPMs. It relates to the Berkshire lands of Joan, the wife of John Mohun, second lord Mohun (d. 1375), and daughter of Bartholomew of Burghersh, who died in 1404. [1. H. C. Maxwell-Lyte, A History of Dunster of the Families of Mohun and Luttrell, 2 vols (1909), i.44-58.] Its omission from CIPM xviii may appear understandable, since at first sight its findings - that Joan held no lands in the county - seem lacking in interest. The surviving copy is also a cancelled draft, so its status and authority are also in doubt. Nevertheless, it raises important questions about the IPM process and about the archiving of the subsequent inquisitions, even if it does not - unfortunately! - provide clear answers to those questions.