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The Regulation of trade: The Grant of Licences to the Mercantile Community

By Simon Harris

It has long been recognised that the trade relationship between England and Aquitaine during the period of the rule of the kings of England as dukes of Aquitaine was of great importance. The English demand for wine was satisfied from the annual vintage shipped from Bordeaux, and the shortage of grain and other crops in Aquitaine was made good by substantial quantities shipped from England, and many other goods including cloth, and wool found their way ...

Cases of treason (lèse majesté) in the Gascon rolls

Guilhem Pépin (GP) in conversation with Anne Curry (AC), August 2015


GP: I have found in the Gascon Rolls several legal cases of the late 14th century and of the first half of the 15th century. Particularly interesting are the cases of lèse-majesté. The most famous is the case and the trial of Guilhem-Sans IV de Pommiers, vicomte of Fronsac, a major fortress near Bordeaux. This trial took place at Bordeaux before the Seneschal of Aquitaine, ...

Gascon rolls for the reign of Henry V

Anne Curry (AC) in conversation with Guilhem Pépin (GP), Simon Harris (SH) and Philip Morgan (PM), August 2015.

AC: I thought I’d have a closer look at the rolls for the reign of Henry V (ten regnal years). What is interesting we only have five rolls. We have one covering year 1, one covering year 2, one covering year 3 and then they seem to have lost interest so to speak. We have two more rolls covering the ...

England’s first Empire?

A discussion between: Anne Curry (AC), Simon Harris (SH), Philip Morgan (PM) and Guilhem Pépin (GP), August 2015


AC: So Guilhem, perhaps you could kick off by saying what you think about the underlying hypothesis in this project: ‘Was this England’s first empire’? Having worked on the rolls, what do you think?


GP: If we understand empire as a collection of different lands, of different cultures and languages, then yes, it was an empire. But after all ...

The Gascon rolls and the administration of the Plantagenet Empire

A discussion between: Anne Curry (AC), Simon Harris (SH), Philip Morgan (PM), and Guilhem Pépin (GP), August 2015

PM: I think one of the things that has struck me about working with the Gascon Rolls is the challenge that it makes to certain of one’s general assumptions about the nature of administrative records. Both Simon and Guilhem who have spent their time with the detail of the contents. For me it’s the notion that these are essentially enrolments ...