IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1214: The Natural World in the National Archives

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:The National Archives, Kew
Organiser:Sean Cunningham, The National Archives, Kew
Moderator/Chair:Ralph A. Griffiths, Department of History, Swansea University
Paper 1214-aGrasping the Nettle: The Natural World in the National Archives - How To Identify and Interpret Key Sources
(Language: English)
Adrian Jobson, Independent Scholar, San Francisco
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Local History, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1214-bNatural Law and the King's Law: Managing Natural Resources in the Duchy of Lancaster Forests during the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Sean Cunningham, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Economics - Rural, Law, Local History
Paper 1214-cDisaster, Plague, and Man's Struggle with Nature in the Manors of Essex, c.1327-1399
(Language: English)
James Ross, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Daily Life, Economics - Rural, Local History
Abstract

The medieval crown in England and Wales had enormous influence over the natural resources of the country. The National Archives now holds a vast range of documents produced by or for the medieval crown, or deposited in its care. These sources can be used to investigate how royal and private lands, forests, parks, farms, and other resources were managed. This session offers an overview of this collection; suggests some approaches to the records; and, through two specific case studies, highlights how these documents often contain a surprising range of information relevant to studies of the natural world in the medieval period.