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New publication: ‘The Bastardy of Edward V in 1484: New evidence of its reception in the inquisitions post mortem of William, Lord Hastings’, Royal Studies Journal, 3 (2016), 71-9.

One of the objectives of the ‘Mapping the Medieval Countryside’ project was to consider new ways in which the documents could be used to address broader historical questions. The recent AHRC-funded project has helped to develop a better understanding of these documents and their value for addressing a broad range of historical topics. A recent article by Gordon McKelvie in the Royal Studies Journal has considered the dating clause in the IPMs of William, lord Hastings, in 1484 to show how Richard III’s claim that his nephews were bastards had traction in the localities during his reign.

Digitising the Calendars of Inquisitions post mortem

Work has continued on making the published inquisitions post mortem freely accessible in the sixteen months since funding ceased, and we are pleased to announce that another major target of the Mapping the Medieval Countryside has now been achieved. Volumes 1-20 of the Calendars of Inquisitions post mortem and 2nd series volumes 1-3 for Henry VII are now freely available on British History Online at
www.british-history.ac.uk/search/series/inquis-post-mortem
(Volumes 21-26 are of course already available on the present website).

Two Tales of the Earls of Suffolk: Heirs Male and Heirs General

IPM valuations: the question of accuracy (1)

Digitization of the IPMs makes the documents much more widely accessible. The addition of extensive markup also allows new questions to be asked and old questions to be answered in new ways. The markup relating to holdings is now (more or less) complete for the years 1427-42 (CIPM volumes 23 to 25) and in the coming months we will be exploring the data that is now available.

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.