|Technology and Military Policy in Medieval England, c. 1250-1350|
Price averages have been rounded to nearest pence. 'Price' denotes either value of
purchase or cost of manufacture as the exact nature of acquisition is not always evident. 'Sample size' denotes number of price entries per item. Price averages have not been weighted to reflect volumes of purchases, eg, if 20 basinets were purchased in one transaction for 5s each then only one entry is made in the price index as 5s. Otherwise in many samples a few large purchases/transactions of royal agents would have comprised the great majority of price entries, lowering averages disproportionately as officials often obtained very cheap prices in their acquisitions (see above, Chapter Five). The lowest and highest prices included in an average have been provided when considerable range occurs in price data and an arbitrary price ceiling has been set to exclude sumptuous arms from these averages.
|Item||Average Price (pence)||Lowest||Highest||Sample Size|
|Aketon:||67d||12d (a)||160d (b)||60|
|Arrows:||5 per 1d||13|
|Basinet:||43d||12d (c)||120d (d)||47|
|Chapel de fer:||28d||03|
|Coat/pair of plates:||167d||27d (e)||320d (f)||12|
|cord for crossbow:||1d||04|
|winch for crossbow:||14d||05|
|Gauntlets, pair:||44d||12d (g)||120d (h)||10|
|Hauberk:||138d||60d (i)||264d (j)||14|
|one-foot:||56 per 12d||14|
|two-feet:||25 per 12d||02|
|a tour:||14 per 12d||03|
|for springald:||9.7per 12d||12|
|Sabatons/iron boots, pair:||53d||01|
|Sword:||41d||2d (k)||120d (l)||15|
a. Riley, Memorials of London, p. 200.
b. Rogers, History of Agriculture and Prices in England, ii, p. 559.
c. PRO, London E 101/15/10, Inquisitions for supplies for war in Scotland, 9 & 11 Edward II.
d. Calendar of Miscellaneous Inquisitions,1307-1349, no. 797.
e. Riley, Memorials of London, p. 109.
f. Calendar of Miscellaneous Inquisitions, 1307-1349, no. 1472.
g. PRO, London E 101/20/37, Account of Thomas Melcheburn for the galley 'La Phillipe' 11 & 13 Edward III.
h. CDS, ii, no. 1413.
i. Calendar of Miscellaneous Inquisitions, 1307-1349, no. 527.
j. Rogers, History of Agriculture and Prices in England, ii, p. 559.
k. Wills and Inventories Illustrative of the ....Northern Counties, pp. 16-7.
l. Wills and Inventories Illustrative of the ....Northern Counties, pp. 16-7.