Dialogus de Scaccario, and Constitutio Domus Regis: The Dialogue of the Exchequer, and The…

Hardcover | December 8, 2007

EditorEmilie Amt, S.D. Church

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This new edition contains the texts and translations of two key documents in medieval English history. The Dialogus de Scaccario, or Dialogue of the Exchequer, written by Richard fitzNigel - an insider at the court of Henry II (1154-89), has long formed the basis of historical knowledge ofroyal finance in the later twelfth century. It focuses on the annual audit of the sheriffs' accounts that led to the writing of the documents known as the pipe rolls. The Dialogus details the personnel and procedures of revenue collection at a time of critical importance for English government,administration, law, and economic development. It is a practical handbook rather than a theoretical treatise, and it occupies a unique place in English history. The Constitutio Domus Regis, dating from the reign of Henry I (1100-35), is the first document to describe the payments made to that group of men (and one woman) whose duty it was to look after the king's bodily needs. Kings have always been surrounded by such people, but it is not until the earlyyears of the twelfth century that we can begin to see these people in any detail. The Constitutio is an enigmatic text and has been largely misunderstood by those who have used it before now. This edition is the first to collate all the relevant manuscripts fully. The two documents are accompanied by new readable translations, full introductions, and detailed notes, making them accessible and comprehensible twelfth-century English texts. Together, they provide a window into the workingsand personnel of medieval English government.

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This new edition contains the texts and translations of two key documents in medieval English history. The Dialogus de Scaccario, or Dialogue of the Exchequer, written by Richard fitzNigel - an insider at the court of Henry II (1154-89), has long formed the basis of historical knowledge ofroyal finance in the later twelfth century. It ...

Emilie Amt is Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History at Hood College in Maryland. S. D. Church is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of East Anglia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:December 8, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Dialogus de ScaccarioEmilie Amt: Introduction to the DialogusI. AuthorshipII. The Date of the TextIII. The Work of the ExchequerIV. Development of the ExchequerV. The ManuscriptsVI. Previous Editions and their UseVII. The Establishment of the Text1. The 'interpolations'2. The rubrics: chapter titles and subtitles3. The title of the workVIII. Editorial PrinciplesSiglaText and TranslationPrologueBook IBook IIThe Constitutio Domus RegisS.D. Church: IntroductionI. BackgroundII. The History of the Royal DomusIII. Approaches To The ConstitutioIV. The Royal HouseholdV. The ManuscriptsVI. The Manuscripts: A Visual InspectionVII. The Language of the TextVIII. Previous EditionsIX. Editorial PracticeThe Constitutio Domus Regis