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Bridport muster and others

Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:42 pm
by Clarenceboy
Just wondering if anyone know where there might be a link to any images or the document or any other muster roll documents from the time?

Google isnt helping and the british museum doesnt seem to have them online either, anyone know a source thats accessable and free?

Re: Bridport muster and others

Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:36 pm
by Fox
David Key is our local expert. He's hardly ever on here anymore, but he might respond to a PM.
Alternative Mr. G23b might know how to reach him.

Re: Bridport muster and others

Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:45 am
by behanner
I believe it has been published twice, plus Dave has a photocopy or scan of the original and I believe made his own transcription or atleast notes on where he believes the others are wrong, he holds that structures in the original but not in the published versions are important.

The musters of 1457 was a national muster in preparations for the plans to invade France put forward in Parliament in 1453. There have been one or two other published musters from the general muster in 1457, I think Nottingham. None of them are as detailed in regards to equiptment as Bridport. Coventry did a similar muster of its own to ensure everyone was propperly equipted earlier in the decade.
I have no idea why you would look at the British Museum, I believe the extant ones are in regional/local archives but since it was a national muster so it is possible that there are bits of it in the national archives that are simply mixed up with other things and haven't been noticed.

Re: Bridport muster and others

Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:08 am
by Allan Harley
Jack - have got a copy of the Bridport roll somewhere - will try and dig out and bring to Bosworth if you want

Re: Bridport muster and others

Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:15 pm
by Clarenceboy
Cheers Allan, that would be great

Benhanner: had a look on the british museum web site as they have online coppies of a lot of documents and thought they may have had it electronicially if not physicially

Re: Bridport muster and others

Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:48 pm
by behanner
CB I couldn't find any place on the British Museum website that would contain that kinda thing. Next time try the British Library or the National Archives. Also Google books. And for this one you might try the Royal armouries website as they published it.
The Bridport muster roll of 1457. Royal Armouries Yearbook 2, 46-52

Re: Bridport muster and others

Posted: Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:53 am
by Jim Smith
Jack -I've also got a copy somewhere, but if you wanted your own you could do worse than talk direct to the Royal Armouries Library. Stuart Ivison (who posts on this forum) is an assistant librarian there and he may be able to get you a photocopy.

Re: Bridport muster and others

Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:13 pm
by The_Kyle
I believe Volume 2 of the Royal Armouries Yearbook has a reprinted version.

Re: Bridport muster and others

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:26 pm
by behanner
It was Norwich not Nottingham.

Re: Bridport muster and others

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:45 am
by Clarenceboy
Thanks eveyone for the offers of help, if I can't get hold of a free copy then I'll pick up a copy of the Armouries year book, looks like £15 from their online shop

Re: Bridport muster and others

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:13 pm
by Ben Rodgers
I've got a copy it cost me £5 from Dorset County Record Office best £5 I ever spent

Re: Bridport muster and others

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:48 pm
by behanner
Ben Rodgers wrote:I've got a copy it cost me £5 from Dorset County Record Office best £5 I ever spent


Copy of the original or a published edition.

Re: Bridport muster and others

Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:27 am
by Ben Rodgers
Copy of the orginal just go on the dorset County Record Office website and email them they send you a payment form enclose £5 and you have your very own copy of the orginal muster roll