Friday, March 12, 2010
Henry III Fine Rolls Project
ITM readers may be interested to discover this valuable resource for the study of 13th C England: the Henry III Fine Rolls Project. It's an impressive site, making available for free English translations of Latin rolls that have never been published in their entirety. Good searchability, high definition manipulable manuscript images, and hard copy publication are all built into the project (though it seems to me the electronic version is better than any book rendition). With the glimpses they offer into contemporary life, the fine lists offer surprisingly interesting browsing.
The site also includes wonderful "Fine of the Month" essays. Check out the two on "Crucifixion and Conversion: King Henry III and the Jews in 1255" (Part 1, Part II).
h/t Sarah Rees Jones for sending me this link. Thanks, Sarah!