The Crown Lands 1461-1536 An Aspect of Yorkist and Early Tudor Government
Originally published in 1970, this volume examines the history of the Yorkist and early Tudor royal landed estate, conducted in the light of its role in earlier medieval history and especially in Lancastrian government. It provides material with which to understand the nature and origins of the changes that took place in the late 15th and early 16th centuries in Tudor chamber finance. Many of the documents had not been previously published when this book first appeared. The book also questions fundamental assumptions in the wider field of English constitutional history, for example, that the revenues of medieval kings of England were divided into ‘ordinary’ and ‘extra-ordinary’ and that they were expected to ‘live of their own’ on their ‘ordinary’ revenues.
Part 1: Introduction 1. The Significance of the Royal Demesne in English Government Before 1461 2. The Crown Lands in Lancastrian and Early Tudor Government: Comparisons and Contrasts 3. The Yorkist Land Revenue Experiment 4. The Court of General Surveyors and Chamber Finance Under Henry VII 5. The Decline of the General Surveyors, 1509-1536 Part 2: Documents 1. From The Governance of England 2. A Lease of Lands Made by Henry VI, 1447 3. Appropriations for Household Expenses, 1450 5. A Sheriff ‘Declares’ His Account, 1451 6. Appropriations for Household Expenses, 1462 7. John Milewater’s Account, 1461-1463 8. The King’s Speech to Parliament, 1467 9. The Act of Resumption, 1467 10. The Management of Clarence’s Forfeited Lands, 1470 11. The Croyland Chronicler on Edward IV’s Financial Policies from 1475 12. Yorkist Prohibitions to the Exchequer, 1463-1484 13. Appointment of a Treasurer of the Chamber, 1484 14. Extracts from a Signet Office Docket Book, 1483-1485 15. A Prohibition to the Exchequer, 1493 16. The General Surveyors’ Declaration of Accounts, 1503-1504 17. Extracts from the General Surveyors’ Docket Book, 1505-1508 18. Minutes of Henry VIII’s Council Advising the Abolition of the ‘by-courts’, 1509 19. John Heron Designated General Receiver of the King’s Revenues (Stat. I Hen. VIII, cap.3) 20. The Court of General Surveyors Absorbed into the Exchequer from June 1510 21. Statutory Authority for the General Surveyors and the Treasurer of the Chamber (Stat. 3 Hen. VIII, cap. 23) 22. The Revenues Administered by the General Surveyors (3 valors of 1509-1515) 23. Extracts from the General Surveyors’ Docket Book, 1514-1537.