Chamberlains' Accounts

HRO: W/E1/72

mbs [2–3] (29 September–29 September) (External expenses)

...Et eisdem solutum ministralibus ludentibus coram processionem et maiorem in festo corporis Christi iij s. iiij d.... Et eisdem allocatum solutum histrionibus principis ludentibus ad le bull et pro | pane et potu datis eisdem per mandatum maioris v s. ij d....

  • Record Translation

    mb [2–3] (29 September–29 September) (External expenses)


    ...And to the same (accountants is allowed the sum) paid to minstrels playing before the procession and mayor on the feast of Corpus Christi, 3s 4d.... And to the same (accountants) is allowed (the sum) paid to players of the prince playing at the Bull and for | bread and drink given the same by the command of the mayor, 5s 2d....

  • Glossed Terms
    • ministralis, -is n m a servant; here likely a minstrel
  • Document Description

    Record title: Chamberlains' Accounts
    Repository: HRO
    Shelfmark: W/E1/72
    Repository location: Winchester

    The chamberlains' account rolls record all of the city's income and expenditures. Income comes primarily from annual rents and rates, as well as special levies. Expenditures include the whole range of civic responsibilities, including construction and maintenance of civic structures, annual payments to civic officials, and rewards given to local nobility and gentry (and to their performers). The accounting year runs from Michaelmas to Michaelmas.

    1543–4; Latin; parchment; 3 membranes attached serially, writing continues on mb [3d], ending on mb [2d]; 600–45mm x 260mm; unnumbered; heading badly damaged; 19th-c. paper wrapping with date and names of mayor and city officers inscribed.

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