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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1106: Bureaucracy in Motion: Royal Administration and Finance in 13th-Century England

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Adrian Jobson, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Moderator/Chair:Adrian Jobson, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Paper 1106-aThe Decline of the Efficient Sheriff, 1216-1272
(Language: English)
Tony Moore, International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Centre, University of Reading
Index terms: Administration, Law, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1106-bThe Rise and Fall of Philip Lovel
(Language: English)
Nick Barratt, ARTS Scheme, Surrey
Index terms: Administration, Economics - General, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1106-cThe Wardrobe Books of Edward I, 1272-1307: Factors, Forms, and Functions
(Language: English)
Stefan Holz, Sonderforschungsbereich 933 'Materiale Textkulturen', Ruprecht-Karls-Universit├Ąt Heidelberg
Index terms: Administration, Economics - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography

This session aims to explore how the crown's administration adapted to an inexorable growth in business and the concomitant fiscal pressures generated by the king's own policies. Tony Moore's paper will examine how the sheriffs managed their ever-expanding range of legal and financial responsibilities and charts the resultant impact upon their own administrative efficiency. Nick Barratt will then analyse the crown's structural indebtedness and growing monetary difficulties in the 1250's through a case study of the royal treasurer Philip Lovel, whose efforts to avert an impending financial crisis ultimately led to his own dismissal from office. Finally, Stefan Holz will consider developments in administrative record-keeping in Edward I's Wardrobe and emphasises the functionality of the codex format and its importance in establishing institutional routines and bureaucratic identity.