The Berkshire Record Society

Registered Charity No: 1027976

President: Mr James Puxley, Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire

Chairman: Professor Ralph Houlbrooke

General Editor: Dr Peter Durrant


Volume 6 Cover

Reading Gild Accounts, 1357-1516 (Part I)

Edited by Cecil Slade

Published by Berkshire Record Society in 2002

ISBN: 0 9524946 6 3

Volumes six and seven contain a full transcript, with translation, of the important mediaeval accounts of the Reading merchant gild. The accounts record in rich detail the gild’s income from rents, fines and admission fees, and its expenditure on stipends and wages, lawsuits, the cleaning and repair of town buildings and other amenities, public entertainments, and hospitality provided for important visitors. They also shed valuable light on the town’s relations with the abbey.

Contents

Acknowledgements iv
Foreword v
Abbreviations viii
Introduction ix
Bibliography cii
Editorial Note ciii
Illustrations cv
Map cviii
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