Seminary

Yesterday and today have both had seminars in, and given that next week’s IHR seminar has Sheffield’s newest star, my Leeds collaborator and general genial genius Charles West speaking, I guess next week will have at least one also. Yesterday’s was the IHR again, Richard Sharpe speaking under the title “King Harold’s Daughter” and drawing together a myriad of tiny evidential fragments to make something entirely new and disagree with Richard Southern in almost the same breath, and today’s was Ros Faith visiting us in Coins & Medals to talk on “Lincolnshire Liquidity before the Conquest”, which turned out to be a setting of a problem for we alleged numismatists (I deny it, myself), that basically being, in Domesday Book Lincolnshire is paying lots of cash renders; where’s its wealth coming from and why can’t we show it with the coins evidence? Our conclusions were various but gave her some possibilities to work with.

It seems likely that I’ll never entirely stop trying to keep up with English medieval studies, even though it seems passing likely that such efforts could be better placed elsewhere. Oh well: other plans continue apace at the moment, and when they come to something this will be almost the first place that it’s reported.

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One response to “Seminary

  1. Cash in Lincolnshire in 1086? One wealth generator was Alan Rufus’s most productive manor, Drayton, which included Alan’s creation which become England’s second port, Boston. He funded a trade fair on his own land there. Among the goods traded there were wool, salt and lead. The last was barged down from Walter d’Aincourt’s mines in the Midlands.

    By King John’s time, the Wash ports had a combined customs revenue several times that of London and the Hansa merchants were very busy at Boston, which was the hub of the whole complex.

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