The Later-Medieval Inquisitions Post Mortem: Mapping the Medieval Countryside and Medieval Society, edited by Michael Hicks

The proceedings of the second IPM conference at Winchester in 2014 have now been proof-read and are scheduled to be published in July 2016. The Later-Medieval Inquisitions Post Mortem: Mapping the Medieval Countryside and Medieval Society is the product of collaboration between the University of Winchester, the Department for Digital Humanities at King’s College London, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which funded the parent project, and the Boydell Press (publisher). The  book showcases recent work on the Inquisitions post mortem (IPMs): a truly wonderful source for many different aspects of late medieval countryside and rural life. An earlier Companion, ed. Michael Hicks (Boydell, 2012)  consolidated what was already known. Since then IPMs have been made digitally accessible by the Mapping the Medieval Countryside project. The first fruits of these developments are presented in this second volume which brings explores the unexpected potential of this much under-appreciated source. The thirteen chapters explore IPMs in different parts of Britain, the landscape and topography of England, in particular markets and fairs and mills, and the utility of proofs of age for everyday life on such topics as the Church, retaining, and the wine trade.  The full list of contents follows.





Gordon McKelvie

Records of an Imperial Administration? IPMs in Scotland and Calais



Paul Dryburgh

Inquisitions Post Mortem in Medieval Ireland


Jennifer Ward

The Court of the Honour of Clare, 1308-1360: Feudal Incidents and Inquisitions


Christopher Dyer

Landscape, Farming and Society in an English Region: the Inquisitions Post Mortem for the West Midlands, 1250-1509



Stephen Mileson

Beyond the Dots: Mapping Meaning in the Later Medieval Landscape


Matthew Holford

Fairs and Markets in the Inquisitions post mortem


Matthew Tompkins

The Structure of the Milling Industry 1427-37


William Deller


Proofs of Age 1246 to 1430: their Nature, Veracity and Use as Sources



Katie Clarke and Michael Hicks

What went on in the Medieval Parish Church, with particular reference to   Churching


Michael Hicks

Retainers, Monks and Wine: Three Insights into Everyday Life


Janette Garrett

The Administration an Efficiency of the Inquisitions Post Mortem Process: A Case Study of Northumberland


Simon Payling

Late Medieval Land Disputes and the Manipulation of the Inquisitions Post Mortem

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