The Reforms at the Exchequer, 1250-1270

As an experiment with a new form of publication, I converted a recent talk into a short iBook. The talk, to a seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, concerned the state of government finance before and during the period of baronial reform and rebellion in England, in the 1250s and 1260s. The iBook makes some modest use of interactive features such as the glossary, but was intended primarily as a test of how quickly and easily such a publication could be produced and made available.

The book presents some new financial information, derived from unpublished records, particularly pipe rolls and memoranda rolls, to argue that: Henry III’s financial position, on the eve of the baronial coup of 1258, was healthier than is often assumed; Henry’s financial problems were largely of his own making, particularly his absurd commitment to the Sicilian venture; and the baronial reform regime of 1258-61 achieved some success in improving the administration of the Exchequer, and maintaining the flow of government income.

Richard Cassidy

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