A Calendar of Early Chancery Proceedings relating to West Country Shipping 1388-1493, edited by Dorothy M. Gardiner

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A Calendar of Early Chancery Proceedings relating to West Country Shipping 1388-1493, edited by Dorothy M. Gardiner
A Calendar of Early Chancery Proceedings relating to West Country Shipping 1388-1493, edited by Dorothy M. Gardiner

Published by The Devon and Cornwall Record Society in 1976, 131 pages. Paperback (N6255)

From the introduction: The documents classified as Early Chancery Proceedings at the Public Record Office relate to the judicial work of the chancery during the period from the middle of the reign of Richard II until the end of that of Philip and Mary, i.e. about 1380 to 1558. They consist of plaintiffs' petitions and, after the first half of the fifteenth century-before which they were not usually put into writing-some of the defendants' answers and of those formal' replications', 'rejoinders' etc. which the procedure of the court might require from both parties. They include also decrees and orders of the court and some records of the proceedings which arose from them. They are not a class which has come down to us as it stands among the records of the chancery, but one that has been put together from four overlapping sources. They are documents which were very carelessly kept in early times and as a result of this, and a highly com­plicated method of filing at a later date, many have been lost."

A printed index (Lists and Indexes Nos. XII and XVI, Early Chancery Proceedings Nos. I and II) gives the names of the parties, a brief indication of the cause of each complaint and the place of its origin. The pro­ceedings involving the seafaring activities of men of Devon and Cornwall and their ships can therefore be easily extracted. The majority of them are well written on strips of parchment of varying shapes and sizes-the most usual being long and narrow with the writing running horizontally along the strip. The state of their preservation varies also, some are in excellent condition-as easy to read as the day when they were written­ others are creased and defaced and often, in spite of skilful repair, very difficult to decipher. Some are mutilated and parts of the script may be missing. There are 139 of them separately listed in the index, each of which, as a general rule, relates to a different complaint, but two or more of the documents belong to the same incident in 17 cases so that the total number of separate proceedings is 97. They are all found between the beginning of the series and 1493. Memoranda and notes of action taken by the court are entered at the foot of the document, or endorsed in a few cases, and six of them, dated in the second half of the fifteenth century, include records of the answers, replications and rejoinders of the parties; with these exceptions, the calendar consists of petitions (or bills as they came to be called) seeking the assistance of the chancellor in the redress of grievances and reparation for loss or injury inflicted by one individual or group of individuals on another."


Condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs, but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
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