Medieval Manorial Documents: Sources for Suffolk’s History
with Dr John Ridgard & Rick Osborn
at the Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
|10.00||Coffee on arrival|
|10.15||Brief survey of some of the main types of manuscript—Courts, Accounts, Charters/Deeds. Translation of a Manorial account and a Kitchen Account from Sibton Abbey (John Ridgard).|
|11.45||Surveys, Extents and Maps (Richard Osborn).|
|14:00||Manor Courts, Leet Courts, Borough Courts, Central Courts of King’s Bench and Common Pleas. Translated selection of court ‘cases’ illustrating social and economic life in Medieval Suffolk (John Ridgard).|
|15:15||Analysing Manorial Documents using modern data-handling methods (Richard Osborn).|
John Ridgard is an independent scholar whose main research interests are concentrated on 14th -century Suffolk, “the century and county which have everything”. He tutors classes in Medieval Latin Palaeography in Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich, in the autumn and spring terms. Attempts to complete a book on the Great Rising of 1381 continue to be foiled by new findings, such as the Suffolk connections of some of the leading rebels.
Rick Osborn was employed for 25 years at Sheffield Hallam University as a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and later in Software Engineering. Since retiring to Suffolk he has spent much of his time translating and analysing medieval manorial documents especially those pertaining to his home village. He has published research into the medieval mills there and is currently working on medieval and early modern maps and extents viewed as management information systems.
Denney, A.H., Sibton Abbey Estates, Vol. 2 (Suffolk Records Society)
Dyer, C., Everyday Life in Medieval England (The Hambledon Press 1994)
Lock, R., The Court Rolls of Walsham le Willows 1303-1399, 2 vols (Suffolk Records Society 1998)
Mortimer, R., Butley Priory Charters. (Suffolk Records Society)
Mortimer, R., Leiston Abbey Cartulary (Suffolk Records Society)
Ridgard, J., Medieval Framlingham: Select documents 1270-1524, Suffolk Records Society 27 (Boydell 1985).
Ridgard, J., Great Framlingham in Suffolk and the Howard Dukes of Norfolk (Blaxhall Press 2009)
Ridgard, J., & R.Norton, Food and Ale, Farming and Worship-Daily Life at Sibton Abbey (Leiston Press 2011)
Scarfe, N., The Suffolk Landscape (Hodder & Stoughton 1972, Alastair 1986)
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