The Winchester Pipe Rolls are the most famous series of estate accounts that survive for medieval England, particularly because of their early start date and astonishing level of detail. In the early 1230s, the bishopric of Winchester bought the Surrey manor of Esher and the accounts for the manor in the Pipe Rolls record a prodigious amount of information about the development and management of the manor and the lives of the people who lived and worked there. The accounts reveal how this elite landscape was laid out and its agricultural resources exploited and also provide glimpses of the fortunes of the local peasantry through a period of climate change, periodic famine, livestock disease and, notoriously, the Black Death.
The volume contains annotated translations of forty-four of Esher's surviving accounts, supported by a comprehensive introduction and statistical analysis by Dr Stone, a specialist in the history of medieval agriculture.
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