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The use - and reuse - of maps in the early-modern Court of Duchy Chamber.
Date: 13 November 2013 Time: 17.00.00-19.00.00
Venue: FASS Seminar Room 2/3
William Shannon, Lancaster University.
The sixteenth century saw maps, especially large-scale local maps, go from being rare and unusual to familiar everyday objects, at least in some quarters. Such maps were produced for a variety of purposes, from the military and administrative needs of national government to a demonstration of the pride of ownership of the landed gentry, but one type of local map which particularly flourished then, only to die out soon after, was the dispute map, produced to illustrate one or both sides of a lawsuit. No systematic review has been done of this class of document for England or indeed any other country as a whole. However a particularly prolific commissioner and user of dispute maps was the Duchy of Lancaster's Court of Duchy Chamber, and enough examples survive to allow a study the way the maps were produced and used at the time, especially when that map can be reunited with its original bill, answer, interrogatories and depositions. One interesting point arising from this study, perhaps not noted before, is the way in which these maps were sometimes brought forward and reused in later unrelated cases involving the same district, leading sometimes to their mis-dating in the archives today.
Who can attend: Anyone
Organising departments and research centres: History
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