Publication – « Accounts and Accountability in Late Medieval Europe. Records, Procedures, and Socio-Political Impact », dir. Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici

An interdisciplinary study of the development of institutional accountability in the later Middle Ages, highlighting innovations in auditing procedures, administrative professionalisation, and the political and social impact of the reforms.

Accounts and Accountability in Late Medieval Europe traces the momentous transformation of institutions and administration under the impact of accounting records and procedures, c. 1250–1500. The volume’s focus on the materiality and organising logic of a range of accounts is complemented by close attention to the socio-political contexts in which they functioned and the agency of central and local officials.

The volume is divided into three parts: the role of financial accountability in the political designs of late medieval states, the uses of accounts auditing and information management as tools for governance, and their impact on the everyday life of local communities. Covering both the centre and the periphery of medieval Europe, from England and the Papal curia to Savoy and Transylvania, the case studies evince the difficult passage from the early experiments with financial accounts towards an accountability of office.

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Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici has a PhD in medieval studies from Cornell University. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the European Research Council project ‘Castellany Accounts’ at the University of Bucharest.

Table des matières :


From the Auditing of Accounts to Institutional Accountability in Late Medieval Europe — IONUT EPURESCU-PASCOVICI 

Part One: Financial Accountability and Late Medieval Politics

The English Exchequer, the King, and the Counties from Reform to Civil War, 1258-1264 — RICHARD CASSIDY
Military Recruitment and Funding in Savoy: Piedmont and Chablais, Late-Thirteenth to Mid-Fourteenth Century — ROBERTO BIOLZI
Accountability in Building Projects in Piedmont under Philip of Savoy-Achaea: Administrative Experimentation and Political Consolidation — VITTORIA BUFANIO 

Part Two: The Tools of Governance: Auditing, Information Management, and Budgeting

Auditing of Accounts as an Instrument of Royal Power in Catalonia (1318-1419) — ESTHER TELLO HERNÁNDEZ
From Auditing to Budgeting in Late Medieval Sicily: Institutions, Administrators, and Information Management — ALESSANDRO SILVESTRI
From Administrative Control to Fighting Corruption? The Procedural Steps of Accounts Auditing in the Papal State (Thirteenth to Sixteenth Century) — ARMAND JAMME
A Codicological Approach to the Auditing Process: the Duke of Burgundy’s Household Accounts during the Swiss Campaign (1476) — EKATERINA NOSOVA
The Rolls, the Prince, and their Depositories: The Archiving of Late Medieval Financial Accounts Reconsidered (Savoy, Mid-Fourteenth to Mid-Fifteenth Century) — GUIDO CASTELNUOVO 

Part Three: Financial Accounts and Local Communities

Local Communities and Fiscal Reform in Late Medieval Savoy: Lords, Peasants, and Subsidies — NICOLAS CARRIER
A Century of Insults, Adultery, and Fight: Justice and its Administration in the Accounting Records of the Castellany of Pont-de-Vaux (Savoyard Bresse, 1274-1375) — AUDE WIRTH-JAILLARD
From Chirograph to Roll: The Records of Thirteenth-Century Anglo-Jewish Moneylending — DEAN A. IRWIN
Churchwardens and their Accounts in Transylvania, Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries: A Preliminary Assessment — ADINEL C. DINCÃ
List of Contributors

Informations pratiques :

Accounts and Accountability in Late Medieval Europe. Records, Procedures, and Socio-Political Impact, dir. Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici, Turnhout, Brepols, 2020 (Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy, 50). VII+303 p., 5 b/w ill., 14 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm. ISBN: 978-2-503-58853-7. Prix : 80 euros.

Source : Brepols

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