Steward's Accounts

Southampton City Archives: SC5/1/6

f 12v (29 September–29 September)

lordys mynstrallys

Item the xviij daye of Ianevere payd by ye meyre ys comandement to my lord Cardynall ys mynstrallys iij s. iiij d.
Item the xxti daye of Ianevere payd by ye meyrys comandment to my lord of Worsetyr ys mynstrallys iij s. iiij d.
Item the vje daye of maye be ye meyrys comandement payd to my lord of huntyngdon ys mynstrallys iij s. iiij d.
Item the ffyrst daye of August payd by ye meyr ys comandement to my lord of Glowcetyr ys mynstrallys iij s. iiij d.
Item the xxiijti daye of Septembyr payd by ye meyr ys comandement to my lord of Salysburry ys mynstrallys iij s. iiij d.

Summa xvj s. viij d.

  • Footnotes
    • Cardynall: Henry Beaufort (1375?–1447), bishop of Winchester (1404–47) and cardinal (1426/7–47)
  • Glossed Terms
    • ianevere n January; ianyuery; ianyver; ianyvery
  • Endnote

    Folio 12v is devoted solely to payments to lords' minstrels, which is done throughout this year's accounts with single folios devoted to costs of gentlemen in town for liveries and wages, among other things. The town musicians do not appear in the payments for either liveries or wages.

  • Document Description

    Record title: Steward's Accounts
    Repository: Southampton City Archives
    Shelfmark: SC5/1/6
    Repository location: Southampton

    The steward's accounts run from Michaelmas to Michaelmas and cover all areas of civic receipt and expenditure, from land rents to annual payments to civic officials, costs of construction and repair of town structures, and rewards to visiting performers. See the introduction to Gidden (ed), Stewards' Books of Southampton, vol 1, pp iii–xvii, for further discussion. Gidden's editions of the accounts for 1428–34 and 1434–9 include full transcriptions of those documents, including records relating to drama and minstrelsy.

    A modern pencil note on the cover dates the accounts as '1441–1442' but this is incorrect. The heading at the beginning of the receipts dates the rendering of the account as 16 October of 20 Henry VI, and that regnal year had begun on 1 September 1441. Thus the account was rendered in October of 1441 and must have applied to the year running from Michaelmas 1440 to Michaelmas 1441.

    1440–1; English; paper; i + 37 + i; 297mm x 220mm; modern pencil foliation; good condition; modern cloth-covered binding.

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