A Household Book of Queen Isabella of England, 1311-1312

A Household Book of Queen Isabella of England, 1311-1312

By F. D. Blackley and G. Hermansen

Historical Papers / Communications historiques, Volume 3:1 (1968)

Introduction: Isabella of France, the wife of Edward II of England, like all fourteenth century English queens, possessed a household of her own, a smaller edition of the king’s household. For audit at the exchequer, Isabella’s wardrobe keeper and treasurer produced for each regnal year of the king, which ran from the 8th of July of one year to the 7th of July of the following year, a compotus or financial statement in the form of a book. Two of Isabella’s household or account books for the reign of Edward II have survived, one for the fifth regnal year which is now in the British Museum and one for the seventh, now in the Public Record Office. The authors of this paper are in the process of completing an edition, in Latin and in English, of the first of these books, the one dealt with below.

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