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Tenure by Courtesy of England: John of Gaunt and Henry of Bolingbroke

Michael Hicks explores the legal rights of widowers in their wives' estates and discusses the two most prominent widowers in late medieval England.

Eternal Trusts: The Beauchamp Trusts 1425-87

Michael Hicks explores trusts or enfeoffments, which often escaped mention in the IPMs.

Call for Papers: The Second Inquisitions Post Mortem Conference at Winchester


Unpublished IPMs: Gilbert Talbot, Gloucestershire, 1419

This IPM into the Gloucestershire lands of Gilbert Talbot has been calendared as CIPM xxi.322, but only five brief disconnected phrases from its text appear there, followed by the statement ‘remainder mostly illegible'.  Both the Chancery and Exchequer texts do indeed present challenges, but in fact between them the entire text can be read, with some effort and the use of an ultra-violet lamp.  It appears below.

Circumstantial evidence: proving the age of the Brokholes heiresses 1426-7

Michael Hicks discusses CIPM xxii.829-30, two proofs of age which bear on the legal dispute central to the Armburgh papers, one of the few surviving letter collections from medieval England.