Domesday of St. Paul's of the Year M.CC.XXI: Or, Registrum de Visitatione Maneriorum per Robertum Decanum, and Other Original Documents Relating to the Manors and Churches Belonging to the Dean And

Domesday of St. Paul's of the Year M.CC.XXI: Or, Registrum de Visitatione Maneriorum per Robertum Decanum, and Other Original Documents Relating to the Manors and Churches Belonging to the Dean And

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Domesday of St. Paul's of the Year M.CC.XXI: Or, Registrum de Visitatione Maneriorum per Robertum Decanum, and Other Original Documents Relating to the Manors and Churches Belonging to the Dean And

Domesday of St. Paul's of the Year M.CC.XXI: Or, Registrum de Visitatione Maneriorum per Robertum Decanum, and Other Original Documents Relating to the Manors and Churches Belonging to the Dean And

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It will appear from the Table of Contents, that the present volume contains a collection of documents which, with one exception, are still preserved in the Archives of the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, London, and which exhibit the nature and extent of the Manorial property belonging to that body in the 12th and 13th centuries. The volume has, therefore, assumed a character materially different from that contemplated by the Editor, when the Council of the Camden Society kindly accepted his offer to superintend the publication of the document, which stands foremost in this collection, being "A Domesday of St Paul's," or, as it is otherwise entitled, "An Inquisition of the Manors of the Chapter of St. Paul's, in the year 1222," and which had escaped the notice of the former historians of the Cathedral, Dugdale and Newcourt. For this change no apology is perhaps necessary; for, though students of English history, and especially those who are conversant with the contents of the Exchequer Domesday, would have highly prized such a document as the St. Paul's Domesday, though printed alone, the Editor was unwilling to lose the opportunity, which was so liberally conceded to him by the Camden Society, of adding to the "Domesday of St. Paul's" those documents of an earlier, as well as a later period, which he had found among the records of the Cathedral, which might throw still greater light upon the nature of Manorial property, by exhibiting the relation which existed between the Chapter as Lords of the manors, and the Firmarii, their Lessees; the profit which, in the way of rent and of produce, accrued to the Chapter from their manors; the method in which it was paid; and the distribution of it amongst the members of the Cathedral.

The Manors, the history of which, as part of the possessions of the . . .

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