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ancient records of the crown revenue and expenditures of England, so called, probably, because of the pipelike form of the rolled parchments on which these records were kept. The oldest extant pipe roll dates from the 31st year of the reign of Henry I (1130), and from 1156 they are almost completely intact. The earliest of these records have been published and are an invaluable source for social and administrative history. The pipe rolls were not completely abandoned for modern accounting methods until 1833.
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With social and economic data drawn from records of the Exchequer of the Jews, pipe rolls of the Royal Exchequer, and letter rolls from the Royal Chancery, and utilizing the recent scholarship of Robert Stacey, Robin Mundill, Paul Brand, and others, Huscroft has produced a very readable overview of the history of the Jews of England from the Norman Conquest to their mass expulsion in 1290.
Just one second of computer generation is used to link the two halves - when an exhaust pipe rolls across the floor.
Amt is particularly good at mining the record evidence, especially the pipe rolls - the nearly unbroken series of financial accounts of the sheriffs annual audits at the royal exchequer.