IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 124: The Henry III of England Fine Rolls Project

Monday 10 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Arts and Humanities Research Council
Organiser:David Carpenter, Department of History, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Michael Clanchy, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Paper 124-aBlood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: Editing the Fine Rolls
(Language: English)
Paul R. Dryburgh, Henry III Fine Rolls Project, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Economics - General, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 124-bSearching the Fine Rolls: A Demonstration of the Electronic Version
(Language: English)
Arianna Ciula, Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Economics - General, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 124-cThe Project and the Value of the Fine Rolls
(Language: English)
David Crook, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Economics - General, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The Henry III Fine Rolls Project is a three-year project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and based at King’s College London’s Centre for Computing in the Humanities and The National Archives. There is a fine roll preserved in The National Archives for each of Henry III’s fifty-six regnal years between 1216 and 1272. Recording offers of money to the king for a wide range of concessions and favours, they illuminate political, governmental, legal, social, and economic history. The aim of the project is to publish the rolls down to 1248 both in classical book form (with Boydell) and in electronic form on the web. The session will explain the methodology and value of the project, giving special attention to the innovative way it transforms an important medieval source into an electronic edition with a sophisticated search facility.