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Manorial accounts
in The English manor c.1200–c.1500
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Manorial accounts build upon the 'static' information contained in surveys, extents and rentals by recording in detail how the individual elements of the manor were managed and what they actually yielded over the agricultural year. The earliest known manorial accounts survive from the bishop of Winchester's estate in the 1200s and 1210s, where they were enrolled with other estate and household records. By the 1230s, enrolled accounts had been superceded by individual and separate account rolls for each manor. In this form, the manorial account soon became widespread on the estates of large ecclesiastical landlords in southern and eastern England. The emergence of manorial accounts corresponded with a substantial change in the management of seigneurial estates in England. The evolution of the manorial account between the early thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, and its detailed workings, have been comprehensively described and explained by Paul Harvey.

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