News from the Worcestershire Historical Society – a new book publishes details of the moral and spiritual failings of Hartlebury folk!
NOBLE HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT AND SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE IN FIFTEENTH-CENTURY WORCESTERSHIRE
A HOUSEHOLD ACCOUNT OF EDWARD, DUKE OF YORK AT HANLEY CASTLE, 1409-10
Edited by JAMES P. TOOMEY
THE VISITATION COURT BOOK OF HARTLEBURY, 1401-1598
Edited by ROBERT N. SWANSON and DAVID GUYATT
Worcestershire Historical Society New Series Volume 24. Pp. 299, hardback. Maps, Photographs.
Expertly edited by the late James P. Toomey, the Household Account of the duke of York provides us with a detailed insight into life at Hanley Castle in the early 15th century. We learn what those who lived in the castle ate and drank, how they sourced their foodstuffs and other provisions, and how an upper-class household was run five centuries before ‘Downton Abbey’!
The Hartlebury Court Book has been edited by Robert N. Swanson, a leading authority on the late medieval church. It is the record of a church court, at which the moral and spiritual failings of Hartlebury folk (including absence from church on feast days, adultery and fornication), were judged and punished. The volume includes scholarly Introductions, Maps and full Indexes of names and subjects.
Price: £28.00 + p+p (£21 to members of the Worcestershire Historical Society)
To order a copy contact the Society’s Publications Officer Robin Whittaker.