A&S Research Paper #2. Inside Blakemere: Notes from the Yearly Accounts of a Late Medieval Household

East Kingdom Gazette

Our second A&S Research Paper comes to us from Mistress Aildreda de Tamworthe, of the Barony of Carolingia, and is drawn from her study of the management of medieval households in England. (Prospective future contributors, please check out our original Call for Papers.)

Inside Blakemere: Notes from the Yearly Accounts of a Late Medieval Household

An early Tudor family sitting in their hall. The Four Conditions of Society: Nobility (vellum), Jean Bourdichon (1457-1521)

How did medieval people run their households? Those quotidian concerns – of provisions and repairs, staffing and expenses – are always with us, but they are not always easy to tease out of the historical record in detail. Happily, some of the records of larger noble households have survived, at least in the form of yearly accounts, and these accounts can provide us some fascinating glimpses into the day-to-day concerns of households that are both deeply familiar and deeply apart.

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